The Morrison Government has delivered on its commitment to fund local wildlife and habitat recovery programs across areas affected by the devastating black summer bushfires, with $12 million now awarded to 37 projects over two grants rounds.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan welcomed the two projects in the region and said activities will include stock exclusion fencing and restoration of riverbank vegetation to protect the Crawford River habitat of the critically engendered Glenelg Freshwater Mussel.
“The Grampians will also be assessed for suitability for reintroduction of the Green Carpenter Bee, where it became extinct almost 100 years ago, after the bee’s habitat sites on Kangaroo Island and in NSW were severely bushfire affected,” Mr Tehan said.
“While there are some encouraging signs our native animals and plants are starting to bounce back, it will require time, and continued support from the community and governments to fully recover.”
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the Government was getting on with the job of delivering its $200 million bushfire recovery package with the second round of grants focusing on the recovery of priority plants and invertebrates.
“I have visited regions affected by the fires and have seen firsthand the catastrophic damage caused to not just the habitat and wildlife but to the entire ecology of the area,” Minister Ley said.
“While much of the national focus has understandably been on iconic wildlife, it is important not to forget about all our native species that were affected by the fires.”
More information about work to support bushfire recovery for wildlife and habitat is on the Department’s website: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery or email: BRIT@awe.gov.au