2022 Victorian Landcare Grants Now Open

15 June 2022

Landcare grants are now open to groups across West Gippsland with project grants and funds on offer to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks across West Gippsland.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $3.35 million funding available to Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and natural environment.

The annual funding is offering grants of up to $20,000 for on-ground works, education or capacity building projects focused on protecting and restoring the region’s land and environment.

Groups who complete the yearly group health survey will receive a $500 support grant to assist with tasks such as insurance and administration.

This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 catchment management authorities (CMAs), proving the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government.

Kathleen Brack, Regional Landcare Program Officer for West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) said:

“The funding program, supported by the Victorian Government, is open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring West Gippsland’s land and environment.”

“We encourage groups to apply and look forward to working with them to deliver results across West Gippsland’s diverse and precious natural environment.”

In 2021, the program supported initiatives in West Gippsland as creative and diverse as the groups themselves. One such example is South Gippsland Landcare Network’s Dung Down Under in Southern Gippsland – a project to monitor dung beetles which play a role in improving waterways and soil fertility. It is a partnership led by Cassie Wright, Projects and Education Coordinator for South Gippsland Landcare Network and working with Robbie Gray from Bass Coast Landcare Network. The unique initiative involves over 30 landholders taking part in monitoring dung beetles across Bass Coast and South Gippsland. The citizen scientists were trained in dung beetle detection and are contributing to a database aimed at figuring out what species are currently established in the region and when they are active. Although small, these beetles play a huge role in catchment health by breaking down and reducing high nutrient and sediment loads entering surface waters and polluting dams, waterways and marine environments in turn threatening sensitive marine environments and their outstanding environmental values.

Cassie Wright said: “The Victorian Landcare Grants funding has made it possible for us to do this important foundational work, so we can find out what dung beetle species are present in our region, where they occur and when.”

“Once we have a database, we’ll be able to plan the next steps to increase dung beetles across our region. Without this funding this project wouldn’t have been able to go ahead.”

The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, which is Victoria’s 20-year plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan.

Find out more and apply for a 2022 project grant.

Applications close at 5pm Tuesday 26 July, 2022.

Bass Coast Landcare Network Nursery Volunteers with nursery supervisor
Bass Coast Landcare Network Nursery Volunteers with Nursery Supervisor Stevie Wynen, growing plants for their 2021 VLG projects
A display of dung beetles
A display of dung beetles