$100k in funding for Landcare groups

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) has provided $100,000 in funding split between 24 Landcare groups.

Announcing the funding, WGCMA Chief Executive Officer Martin Fuller explained that Landcare is a long-time partner in the region.

“We work with Landcare to help deliver successful and effective natural resource management projects,” said Mr Fuller.

“The support grants will help Landcare volunteers in our region to continue to do the amazing work they have been doing for over 30 years. “

The funding was small grants up to $5,000 for projects that address local concerns.

“By funding Landcare groups to complete projects specific to their individual goals is hugely important to maintaining strong and healthy groups” continued Mr Fuller.

“In addition to this, our research shows that for every one dollar spent on ‘on ground’ works, there is at least three dollars in social benefit that flows through to the Landcare group, its members and the local community.”

The Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network is upgrading their website and hope to have the new site launched before Christmas.

The Gippsland Agroforestry Network is preparing a case study on the processes of the timber production from the growing of the tree through to milling and marketing.

“Every Landcare group is unique, and it is fantastic we were able to support an incredible breadth of projects right across the region ranging from the Neerim Frog Festival to mapping of past projects to running a student film festival on the benefits of citizen science.”

For more information on the grants, please contact your local Landcare network or WGCMA’s Regional Landcare Program officer, Kathleen Brack on 1300 094 262.

Support grant recipients

  • 3 Creeks Landcare Group – bird monitoring project $5,000
  • Anderson Inlet Landcare Group – bird monitoring project $5,000
  • Korumburra Landcare Group – bird monitoring project $5,000
  • Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group – bird monitoring project $5,000
  • Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network – website redevelopment $5,000
  • Neerim and District Landcare Group – Neerim Frog Festival support $1,000
  • Mt Worth Landcare Group – mapping of past project and revegetation sites $5,000
  • Gippsland Agroforestry Network – case study on the processes of the timber production from the growing of the tree through to milling and marketing $3,000
  • Narracan Landcare Group – water monitoring program for Narracan Creek $2,500
  • Cowwarr Landcare Group – community revegetation project at Cowwarr Weir to coincide with schools’ National Tree Day $3,500
  • Maffra and District Landcare Network – update and support new communications tools $5,000
  • Gippsland Plains Rail Trail – community engagement events including National Tree Day, NAIDOC week and World Wetlands Days $5,0000
  • Heyfield Wetlands Committee of Management – host citizen science events including frog nights, bird monitoring, nesting box construction and revegetation $5,000
  • Avon Landcare Group – small landholder expos to raise awareness of small property issues such as pest plant and animal management, cultural heritage and biodiversity protection $5,000
  • Franklin River Landcare Group – weed control and planting of 6,000 plants $5,000
  • Arawata/ Mt Eccles Landcare Group – weed control (sweet pittosporum) in the Hammans Bush reserve $5,000
  • South Gippsland Landcare Network – develop a landholder support program $5,000
  • Nerrena Landcare Network – planting and weed control at the Koonwarra Recreation reserve along the Tarwin River $2,500
  • Mardan Mirboo North Landcare Network – implement the Strzelecki Koala Corridor Plan for the Mardan-Mirboo North Landcare area $2,500
  • Yarram Yarram Landcare Network – develop, design and print of investment prospectus, targeted at private enterprise $5,000
  • Yarram Urban Landcare Group – Bug Blitz program with school children $5,000
  • Jack and Albert Rivers Restoration Project – a student film festival to feature the work of Landcare and student citizen science $5,000
  • Corner Inlet Blackberry Action Group – weed management plans for landholders $3,000
  • Albert River Landcare Group – reinvigoration of Albert River Landcare Group $2,000