June 15, 2020

The Morrison Government continues to reaffirm its commitment to working with communities, farmers, land managers and traditional owners to protect native wildlife and habitats, reduce the pressure on our waterways and oceans from plastic waste, and protect the ecosystems of natural treasures like the Great Barrier Reef.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said Government funding for nine Community Environment projects in Wannon underlined the Government’s focus on working with local communities to deliver genuine outcomes that enhanced local areas.

“We are working with people who want to help their local environments,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is about making a real difference through practical policies.”

More than $200 million is being invested in urgent wildlife and habitat recovery projects in the wake of Australia’s devastating bushfires, guided by ecologists and scientists from Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel and we are closely studying the impacts of the fires on the populations of iconic animals such as the Koala.

Through the National Environmental Science Program, we are investing $290 million in evidence-based on ground strategies that combine the latest environmental science with traditional knowledge and practical land care management.

Australia’s world leading Reef Management is challenging new scientific barriers through a $150 million reef restoration and adaptation initiative, part of a $1.9 billion Commonwealth investment in supporting the Great Barrier Reef, by working with the communities who depend on it for their livelihoods.

For the first time a Federal Government is making Waste and Recycling a national priority, declaring an end to the export of waste plastics, glass, paper and tyres; holding the nation’s first plastics summit and bringing industry along with us to identify solutions and mobilise further action.

As Australians look to recycle their waste each week, the Morrison government is ensuring they can have faith in that recycling process, and the positive impact it can have on our environment.

Warrnambool Community Garden Inc.The project will undertake the removal of invasive weeds from the quarry, replace them with native plant species, introduce interpretative signage and release promotional materials about the site. This will revegetate the area and increase knowledge about the local environment within the broader community.$10,000Warrnambool
Heytesbury District Landcare Network Inc.The project will eradicate pittosporum undulatum weed from a forest, supported by educational workshops for scouts and volunteers. This will assist in controlling 35 hectares of infested bush land and create awareness around the value of natural environments within the ecological community.$12,000Nirranda East
Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands Inc.The project will involve the planting of native trees to establish new Seed Production Areas. This will assist in the rebuilding of viable populations through the production of genetically diverse seed for use in future plantings within the Victorian Volcanic Plains.$8,250Derrinallum
Southern Grampians Shire CouncilThe project will undertake the removal of weeds and replanting of local native plants along a waterway. This will improve habitat conditions for native wildlife and promote biodiversity within the area.$19,525Hamilton
Basalt to Bay Landcare Network Inc.The project will remove weed, install remote cameras and restore bandicoot burrows with the help of local schools. This will educate the students involved and provide a safe habitat for native wildlife while increasing bandicoot breeding success within the local community.$12,000St Helens
Landcare Victoria Inc.The project will undertake water sampling to survey multiple sites along Emu Creek. This will provide baseline data for long term monitoring of rare and threatened fauna in the area.$20,000Vite Vite
Merino Progress Association Inc.The project will remove weeds and rubbish in and around Merino Creek, revegetate with native plants and refurbish a fence. This will prevent waste from flowing from Merino Creek into other waterways within the Glenelg Hopkins area.$6,700Merino
Cape Nelson Landcare Inc.The project will deliver woody weed control in a local nature reserve with the assistance of community volunteers. This will reduce threats to native plants and facilitate better outcomes for biodiversity within the local area.$15,000Portland

Odonata Org Ltd
The project will remove invasive weeds and propagate local native seedlings. This will reduce threats to native habitats and increase environmental engagement within Nelson's bush land.$20,000Nelson

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