National Landcare Programme funding for Protecting the Local Environment
Mar 31, 2016
Up to $400,000 is available over the next two years for projects that help to protect the environment in and around the Wide Bay Burnett.
Local community and Landcare groups are encouraged to apply for funds through the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s Healthy Habitats and Keeping it Great programmes.
The focus of these programmes is to protect the outstanding universal values of Fraser Island and the ecological character of the Great Sandy Strait. Additionally projects that help to protect threatened species such as the water mouse and the Mary River Cod are a priority.
BMRG’s Biodiversity Conservation Team Leader, Kirsten Wortel, says that a lot of great work has already been done and this new funding will allow work to continue and expand to reduce significant environmental threats such as invasive weeds and feral animals (foxes and pigs).
“The onground projects funded to date have helped landholders to address the impacts these pests have on productivity and the degradation of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.”
“Addressing these threats requires a long term strategy with ongoing onground actions and this funding allows this work to continue.” she said.
Reducing the damage caused by weeds and pests also improves water quality entering the marine environment. This helps to protect coastal wetlands and marine ecosystems such as the unique inshore coral reef systems, salt marsh habitat and sea grass beds which are essential habitat for the regions marine turtle and dugong populations.
Ms Wortel said that the region is fortunate to have many dedicated groups who are working together to address these threats and to raise awareness throughout the wider community about the impact of weeds and pests and the work being done to address this.
“We have already received some excellent project ideas from groups such as Barung Landcare, Cooloola Coastcare, the Lower Mary River & District Landcare groups and also from individual landholders keen to get involved in onground activities.”
“The people we have been speaking to are very aware of their local environment and are best placed to provide input into developing solutions and onground involvement in addressing the issues of weeds and pests.”
“We are still open to ideas and are happy to work with people to develop additional projects.” she added.
Full details about available funds, guidelines and application forms are available on the BMRG website www.bmrg.org.au. For more information, contact Kirsten Wortel on (07) 4181 2999. Applications close on April 4, 2016.
The Keeping it Great and Healthy Habitats Programmes are funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme
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