Big boost for local environmental community groups

2 March 2015

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he was delighted to announce support to 15 community groups within the Port Phillip and Western Port region who have received a share in $250,000 as part of the Australian Government’s $1 billion National Landcare Programme.

The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) Community Grants, provided by the Australian Government, enable local Landcare and community groups to finance projects that will benefit the health of the region’s land, water and biodiversity.

Successful projects were chosen according to the natural resource priorities for the region. Minister Hunt said there would be more grants provided through the program over the next four years.

“This is the first year of a four-year commitment to provide $1 million funding to support the valuable work the Landcare and community groups in the Port Phillip and Western Port region through the PPWCMA ,” Minister Hunt said.

“These grants enable groups to undertake local projects important to them, while contributing to more significant environmental outcomes across the region”.

“Typically, the type of activities these groups undertake include weed removal, planting of indigenous species, fencing to protect native vegetation, and community education and awareness raising.”

PPWCMA’s Environmental Projects Manager Stephen Thuan said everyone had the responsibility of looking after our natural environment.

“Landcare is not just a farming phenomenon – today the future of the environment is in everyone’s hands, including people who live in towns, local companies and school groups. Anyone can volunteer their time and energy for a better environment,” he said

Successful recipients include:
• Pentland Hills Landcare Group who will develop a series of native vegetation stepping stones to create cross linkages between the waterways of Myrniong and Korkuperrimul creeks reinforcing the strength of the biolink. It will also protect and enhance remnant habitat that is away from the waterways from grazing by domestic stock (predominantly sheep and cattle) and rabbits.

Friends of Braeside Park who will undertake restoration works to enhance one of the few remaining woodland areas within metropolitan Melbourne and contribute to the ongoing effort to protect the threatened Purple Diuris orchid.

For information on Landcare groups in your region, visit the Victorian Landcare Gateway website at www.landcarevic.net.au or contact the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA on 8781 7900.

For information on the National Landcare Programme, visit the website at www.nrm.gov.au