Landcare grants for West Gippsland

Connecting young people to the environment, improving water quality, creating biolinks for wildlife and controlling weeds in a bushland reserve are just some of the projects being funded under the latest round of Victorian Landcare Grants.

Minister for the Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced $165,698 funding for Victorian Landcare Grants in West Gippsland.

The funding covers ten local projects, while 36 groups will receive a $500 support grant for completing a group health survey.

West Gippsland Chief Executive Officer, Martin Fuller, said the assessment panel was impressed by the quality of the proposals.

“The successful projects showed clear environmental outcomes and a high level of community involvement,” said Mr Fuller.

“They also all had significant in-kind support from volunteers and represented good value for money, as well as being good for the environment.”

The funded projects were able to apply for up to $20,000 to address a diverse range of issues from across the region.

The Gippsland Intrepid Landcare proposal provides 18 – 35-year-olds an opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment and learn more about Landcare. Three different events will be held over a year, include tree planting in the Bass Coast Hills, animal surveying and weed control in Tarra Bulga National Park and a coastal walk along 90 Mile Beach.

A program to match new landholders with mentors to help develop sustainable land management goals and action plans will be piloted across Yarram Yarra and South Gippsland Landcare networks.

The Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network will fund landholders to fence off and revegetate their waterways, to increase biodiversity on farms, improve productivity and improve water quality by reducing sediment and nutrients entering the Gippsland Lakes.

“The successful applications were of a very high standard in terms of both environmental and community outcomes,” said WGCMA board member Jodie Mason.

“I am pleased that the majority of projects were able to be supported and would like to acknowledge the passion and commitment of all the local groups that applied.”

Seventeen projects applied for funding, to a total value of $231,920.

Funding for the ten successful projects totalled $147,698. A further $18,000 was allocated, to groups that completed the Group Health Survey.

The Victorian Landcare Grants are funded by the Victorian Government.

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2018/19 Victorian Landcare Grants:

Gippsland Intrepid Landcare: Getting young people protecting the Bass Coast, Strzelecki Ranges and 90 Mile Beach environments.
Three hands on events in three different locations over a year to give young people the opportunity to undertake environmental work and learn more about Landcare.

Friends of Turton Creek: Citizen science water quality survey.
Community groups and students will survey freshwater invertebrates and Aquatica Environmental will measure water quality.

Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network: Nutrient and sediment reduction
Reducing the nutrient and sediment reduction entering into the Gippsland Lakes through riparian restoration, with landholders fencing off waterways and revegetating with indigenous plants.

Powlett Project: Environmental Detectives help protect the Powlett catchment – Powlett Catchment Custodian kids.
Connecting landholders with eleven schools to host activities including seed collecting, propagation, planting and monitoring.

Woodside Landcare Group: Mullungdung to coast
Creating vegetation corridors to continue the vision to connect the coastal strip to the Mullungdung State Forest.

Kongwak Hills Landcare Group: Connecting Kongwak Communities.
Establish 5,500 indigenous plants and enhance 3.48ha of Damp Forest, to create biolinks for wildlife and encourage the growth of indigenous plants.

Korumburra Landcare Group: Repairing Riparian Zones
Repairing riparian zones on the Foster Creek and Powlett River through community action and establishing 7,000 indigenous plants on two separate riparians sites on private land.

3 Creeks Landcare Group: Riparian revegetation
Creating habitat for threatened species, by establishing 6,300 indigenous plants in the Powlett catchment at four riparian and gully sites on 5.2ha of private land.

Yarram Yarram Landcare Network: Pilot mentoring program
Pilot mentoring program across Yarram Yarram and South Gippsland Landcare networks matching new landholders with mentors to develop sustainable land management goals and action plans.

Arawata Landcare Group: Building biota within Arawata Biomes
Combining weed control and revegetation activities to enhance four significant revegetation sites and protect a significant bushland reserve.

Korumburra Landcare Group
Korumburra Landcare Group secured a grant to repair riparian zones on the Foster Creek and Powlett River.