Building Healthy Habitats with National Landcare Grants
Feb 26, 2016
Landcare, community groups and landholders across the region are now able to apply for almost $400,000 in grants for projects over the next two years that protect and preserve the region’s unique ecological character.
Supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare programme the funding is being managed locally by the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) via two programmes; Keeping it Great and Healthy Habitats.
Healthy Habitats grants of up to $30,000 are available for projects protecting threatened species and threatened species habitat and controlling invasive weeds and pest animals.
The Keeping it Great program is providing grants of up to $20,000 for projects that that help enhance the ecological character of the Great Sandy Strait Ramsar Site and protect the Outstanding Universal Value of the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.
BMRG CEO, Penny Hall, said that the types of projects that BMRG will be looking to fund will be aimed at reducing threats to these natural assets.
“Feral pests and environmental weeds degrade sensitive terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, threaten endangered species and their habitats and reduce agricultural productivity. They are two of the toughest environmental issues we currently face. We are grateful to be able to direct funding towards local on-ground actions to address these issues.” she said.
Mrs Hall said that the funding also allows us to invest locally to deliver to support landholders and community and Landcare groups working to protect and conserve biodiversity.
“The funding is available for onground works as well as awareness raising and educational opportunities such as workshops and field days.”
“In this region, we are fortunate to have a dedicated and capable local community who know best how to address these issues and this funding will support them and allow them to continue to make a difference in managing this region’s natural resources.” she said.
Expressions of interest documents outlining eligibility criteria and application process details are available here.