April 29, 2020

The Morrison Government is supporting eligible land-owners and managers to improve the conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said Nature Glenelg Trust was one of 29 successful applicants under the Federal Government’s Heritage Grants Program.

“I am delighted to see Nature Glenelg Trust has been awarded $80,000, for a project that will promote the Grampians National Park's listed natural heritage values” Mr Tehan said.

The project will undertake bird surveys and train citizen scientists to assist with a long-term bird monitoring program at 36 sites across the Park.

This work will be repeating bird surveys that were undertaken at 31 of these sites in 2009 after large bush-fires in 2006.

As well as assessing changes in bird communities over time after the fire, the bird monitoring program will measure the upcoming impact of a new feral cat baiting program, to be implemented by Parks Victoria from mid-2020.

“This Government is committed to ensuring our National Heritage Listed places continue to reflect the richness of our Australian heritage and continue to be recognised for their natural, Indigenous and historic values.”

Minster for the Environment Sussan Ley said under the program, National Heritage Listed places can receive funding to protect and promote their heritage values through strengthened recognition, management, conservation and public engagement.

“The Australian Government provides up to $5.3 million a year in grants of between $25,000 and $400,000, for projects improving the conservation and protection of National Heritage Listed areas,” Ms Ley said.

“This program helps build a strong sense of identity for many communities at the centre of National Heritage Listed Areas. We want to ensure our places of national and cultural significant value are protected and maintained for their communities and for future generations.”

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