Grant to boost threatened species in the Yarra Ranges

7 December 2015

The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s (PPWCMA) Yarra4Life Project has been successful in securing a $100,000 grant from the Victorian State Government. Yarra4Life is a major environmental project in the Yarra Valley that aims to protect, improve, increase and connect habitat for native animals including the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeaters Possum. The grant was awarded under the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Threatened Species Protection Initiative and will assist in the implementation of Yarra4Life’s ‘Securing the Future of Victoria’s State Emblems’ Project. Partners involved in this project include Trust for Nature, Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The main objective of this project is to permanently secure land that will become a key site for future rehabilitation to support populations of Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’s Possum. Yarra4Life Project Coordinator, Mary-Kate Hockey, said, “This grant will make a very important contribution to Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’s Possum habitat by extending their habitat and providing them with a safe and secure environment to thrive in”. This grant will complement the significant work that the Yarra4Life project has achieved to date. In 2014/15, Yarra4Life completed a series of studies to identify high priority sites and began incentives for private landholders targeting pest plant and animal control and revegetation. Community engagement activities were also undertaken to raise awareness of the environmental values of the area. In addition to the new Victorian Government grant, Yarra4Life has had significant support through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. For further information on Yarra4Life, visit www.yarra4life.com.au. ENDS.