Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to preserve Gippsland’s precious natural environment, with grants allocated to local Landcare groups across the region.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing today announced a total of $154,505 in three grants from the Victorian Landcare Grants program, which provides funding for our local Landcare and environmental volunteer groups and networks to support local priority projects undertaken in the region.

As well as local staff support and maintenance, larger grants have been allocated to local projects that look to improve biodiversity through revegetation, and remnant vegetation enhancement and protection.

Grants in across Gippsland include:
• $32,095.00 for protecting and restoring vegetation in The Gippsland Lakes Catchment
• $58,235.00 for the revegetation in the Maffra Landcare Network
• $64,175.00 for creating biolinks from forest to coast in the Yarram District

The grants program aims to provide funding for these groups to undertake on-ground works that contribute to the improvement and protection of the region’s natural resources.

Funding also supports projects that promote innovation, as well as build capacity through activities for land stewardship and on-ground change. Start-up funding and maintenance grants ensure a strong Landcare base across the State.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing:

“We need to take great care of our natural environment and the unique biodiversity of this part of the world. Ensuring our volunteers and community groups are well supported in their amazing work is vital.”