From Bells Beach to the Otways to Peterborough, local environmental and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding under the Morrison Government’s $1 million Community Environment Grants Program, part of the $6 million Wild Otways initiative.
Managed by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, the Wild Otways initiative will deliver a range of environmental programs which include weed and pest animal control, fencing and access track construction or improvement works and wildlife habitat improvement works.
This presents an important opportunity to local environment, community and other not for profit organisations.
Grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 per year for up to two years are available for each project.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said, “I am delighted that the Morrison Government’s is investing $1 million as part of its commitment to funding projects to protect and restore native plants, wildlife, and coastal environments along the Great Ocean Road and in the Otways.”
“This is such an exciting opportunity for local groups based in both the Wannon and Corangamite federal electorates,” Mr Tehan said.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the funding will provide an enormous boost to local efforts to protect and preserve the world-famous local environment along the Great Ocean Road.
“The Morrison Government is committed to practical environmental solutions along the magnificent Great Ocean Road and in the Otways. Whether it’s fencing or access track projects, re-planting or other native flora and fauna conservations works, this is a wonderful opportunity for local environment and community groups.” Senator Henderson said.
“I encourage volunteer groups, Traditional Owners organisations and local councils to put forward their ideas as to how to invest in better preserving our protecting precious local ecosystem.”
“I am very proud of the election commitment the Morrison Government made to our local environment which is now being delivered under the $6 million Wild Otways project and the $1.5 million Bellarine and Great Ocean Road Dunecare Project, a commitment never supported by Federal Labor,” Senator Henderson said.
Grant applications have now opened and will close on Friday 22 January 2021.
For more information about the program, visit ccma.vic.gov.au or call the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority on 1800 002 262.