10 November 2016
The Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) has announced an allocation of $300,000 over 4 years to the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network as part of the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments, Our Communities initiative.
Our Catchments, Our Communities is a Victoria-wide strategy supporting community engagement and environmental management including funding in each catchment management region for landscape-scale projects, launched by Minister for Water, Hon Lisa Neville MP.
In the Port Phillip & Western Port region, $300,000 is earmarked for the “Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape – From Planning to Action” project which will implement a number of biolink plans to better connect native habitat across the Mornington Peninsula. The project will be coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network.
Work in the project will also include control of weeds and pest animals and some community education activities. This project will benefit a number of waterways and local wetlands on the Mornington Peninsula.
Announcing the funding at an event to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Landcare at Boneo Park Equestrian Centre on Saturday 5th November, PPWCMA Chief Executive Officer David Buntine said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network to begin the implementation of local biolinks plans and provide a practical demonstration of community-based catchment management.
“It is a great boost toward the long-term vision for a major biolink spanning the length of the peninsula, enhancing biodiversity, protecting water quality and building the resilience of this area’s plants and animals to our changing climate.
“Announcing this funding at the same time as celebrating the 30th anniversary of Landcare highlights the great partnership between Landcare and the Government. The PPWCMA is proud to support the Landcare movement and we look forward to seeing this project be implemented over the next four years and create a lasting legacy”, he said.
For further information on Our Catchments, Our Communities, contact the PPWCMA on 03 8781 7900.
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