Burnett Mary Regional Grants Program – Successful Applicants!

BMRG is delighted to announce the successful recipients of funding under the first round of our Burnett Mary Regional Grants Program. This program was developed in response to feedback from our regional natural resource management (NRM) prioritisation workshops in 2018. Workshop participants indicated that a priority requirement was funding assistance for building NRM groups’ organisational and administrative capacity.

Thank you to all applicants for the high standard of applications. Of the 12 applications received, 11 were deemed by the independent assessment panel to be eligible and worthy of funding.

Congratulations to the following:

  • Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) – $2500
    Support the continuation of BIEDO’s Rural Wellbeing Extension Program by funding travel and expenses for delivery of key drought resilience events during October -December 2019.
  • Bundaberg and District Urban Landcare Association Inc. – $2500
    Fund first aid training certificates for members, hold two guided field trips to educate the public on the importance of endangered dry rainforest and littoral rainforest ecosystems and arrange community awards for outstanding care of remnant trees on a landholders property and adjacent public land.
  • Central Burnett Landcare – $2500
    Purchase a portable toilet facility for use by members and the wider community at workshops and events where such facilities are not available.
  • Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc – $2500
    Conduct conservation activities and research, including habitat restoration, water-watch, seagrass monitoring, community engagement, citizen science and the Cooloola BioBlitz.
  • Friends of the Burrum River System Group – $2500
    Cover administrative costs associated with continued use of plant and equipment allowing the group to continue its community activities and monitoring of the Burrum River system.
  • Friends of Mary – Wandering Weeders – $1192
    Purchase tools and equipment for revegetation work and weeding along stretches of the Mary River in Gympie, allowing the group to be self-sufficient and help landholders through the Gympie Region.
  • Gidarjil Development Corporation – $2500
    Fund the Stage 2 completion of the “Booral Booral danga thaggo” (Burnett River Mouth Nature Trail) project, providing signage and infrastructure to enable visitors to interact with sensitive wetland areas at the Port of Bundaberg precinct.
  • Gympie District Beef Liaison Group – $2500
    Update and modernise the Group’s website to allow members to stay up-to-date on project news, events and activities, with the added benefit of an electronic payment system.
  • Hinterland Bush Links – $970
    Develop a bequest brochure that will be available to members and the wider community.
  • Smalls Creek Landcare – $2500
    Hold a workshop with regenerative farming leader, Stuart Andrews, to support local landholders to adopt more regenerative land management practices, utilising the existing materials and livestock on the property.
  • Fraser Coast Microbats – $2500
    Printing and distribution of educational resources, including ‘Burnett Mary Micro-Bat Education Kit’ and the ‘Pocket Guide to the Micro-Bats of the Burnett Mary’, to be provided to schools and community groups throughout the area.

We look forward to hearing project updates from all grant recipients and sharing their stories and photos here.