Landcare groups across north east Victoria have been awarded $206,500 for environmental action through the Victorian Government's Victorian Landcare Grants.
Catchment Program Coordinator for the North East CMA, Leigh Blackmore, said: “The Victorian Landcare Grants Program supports groups including Landcare in the management and protection of local landscapes.”
“The Victorian Government has provided funding for local Landcare and related groups as a way of supporting the community to actively participate in the integrated management and protection of natural resources,” he said.
Twenty-one North East Landcare networks and groups will soon receive a combined funding boost of $183,000 from the Victorian Government, while 16 groups will receive an additional $23,500 for small projects or maintenance grants.
“The projects focus on local priorities, interests and needs. They range from large scale network and group based projects where farmers are working on many issues, through to innovative urban and community education projects,” Mr Blackmore said.
A selection of project highlights from successful recipients are listed below.
2017-18 North East Victorian Landcare Grants recipients
- Upper Murray Landcare Network and North East Blackberry Action Group will work with public land managers and local farmers to restore habitat, protect waterways and continue pest management events and activities.
- Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups will continue involving the community in improvements to community managed reserves, and waterway and vegetation protection.
- Wodonga Urban Landcare Network will continue to support their local Friends groups to involve the urban community in valuing and improving the waterways and natural environment in the area.
- The newly formed North East & Surrounds Equine Landcare group will provide a range of events for horse owners to help them learn how to manage for healthier landscapes and animals.
Burgoigee Creek Landcare Group Maintenance $500
Chiltern Landcare Group Maintenance $500
Friends of Willow Park Maintenance $500
Hodgson & Horseshoe Creek Landcare Group Inc Maintenance $500
Honeysuckle & Spring Creek Landcare Group Maintenance $500
Our Native Garden Nursery Inc Maintenance $500
Rutherglen Landcare Group Maintenance $500
Upper Murray Landcare Group Maintenance $500
Warby Range Landcare Group Maintenance $500
Wises Creek Talgarno Landcare Group Maintenance $500
Benambra Neighbourhood House Inc. Small Project $3000
Bryants Gap Landcare Group Small Project $3000
Carboor Bobinawarrah Landcare Group Small Project $3000
Falls Creek Environmental Interest Group Small Project $3000
Myrtleford & District Landcare and Sustainability Group Small Project $3000
Springhurst and Byawatha Hills Landcare Group Small Project $3500
Wangaratta Urban Landcare group Group Project $3670
Swamps Rivers and Ranges Group Project $4600
Wangaratta Sustainability Network Group Project $4870
Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group Inc. Group Project $5940
Stanley Landcare Group Group Project $6300
Parklands Albury Wodonga Ltd Group Project $6480
Beechworth Urban Landcare & Sustainability Group Project $7200
Benambra Dinner Plain Omeo Landcare Group Group Project $7200
Bethanga Landcare Group Group Project $7200
Bethanga Recreation Reserve Committee of Management Group Project $7200
Greta Valley Landcare Group Group Project $7200
Koetong Landcare Group Group Project $7200
Milawa Markwood Oxley Landcare Group Group Project $7200
Mitta to Murray Blackberry Action Group Group Project $7200
Mitta Valley Landcare Group Group Project $7200
North East & Surrounds Equine Landcare Inc Group Project $7200
North East Blackberry Action Group Group Project $7200
Wooragee Landcare Group Inc Group Project $7200
Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Inc Network Project $21,560
Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Inc. Network Project $21,590
Upper Murray Landcare Network Network Project $21,590
Total Grants $206,500