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Major funds available to support wildlife after the bushfires

Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, WIRES has teamed up with Landcare Australia to offer small grants from a pool of $1 million to help develop relief and recovery plans that will provide best solutions to assist wildlife surviving the recent catastrophic bushfires across Australia. 

Grants of up to $20,000 are available for each project from the pool

North East CMA leading wildlife recovery in Victorian Alps

An estimated one billion native animals perished in the horrendous bushfires that engulfed South East Australia including much of North East Victoria. Native animal populations will need considerable assistance in coming months to recover, particularly on the back of severe drought conditions. 

The North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is working with key partners to address the impacts of the fires in the alpine area of the catchment. This project is supported through the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program. 

Autumn count for Wild Pollinators

Watch a flower, record what you see, and be part of the next count for the Wild Pollinators project commencing Sunday 12 April. 

Each count should take ten minutes, and participants can do as many counts as they can until Sunday 19 April, mainly on fine days (as most insect pollinators don’t like poor weather). 

The Wild Pollinator Project website has Frequently Asked Questions and other resources to help identify the insects seen. Participants can also share their photos of pollinators on the iNaturalistpage, or on social media via #ozpollinators 

Getting livestock businesses back on track

Are you a grazier affected by the recent bushfires and seeking advice to help get your business back on track?

Primary producers in fire-affected areas in North East Victoria can receive up to three, free one-on-one sessions with a local farm management consultant to help put their livestockbusinesses back on track. 

Through the Back to Business program funded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA),sheep, cattle and goat producers in a fire affected postcode can apply for the Back to Business program. They will also need to show they have been affected by the fires.