The Morrison Government is backing bushfire recovery for wildlife and habitat projects in Wannon as part of a $10 million community grants program to support hands on projects from setting up bee hotels and creating native community nurseries, to cultural burning and installing nest boxes.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said that the grants would support two local projects worth $300,000.
“The Morrison Government is getting behind the people of Wannon as we help our local environment recover,” Mr Tehan said.
Under the $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund, the Morrison Government is investing $200 million in bushfire wildlife and habitat recovery.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that individual grants range from $5000 to $150,000, and will back dedicated volunteers, Indigenous organisations, Landcare, wildlife sanctuaries and community groups.
“This is about working with communities, about people getting out into the bush, getting on their hands and knees to remove weeds, climbing trees to install nesting boxes and erecting barriers to keep out feral predators,” Minister Ley said.
“The grants are an important initiative that give local volunteers and community groups the support they need to bring our local environment recover.
“The people that have been through the fires know there is still a lot of healing to take place and seeing native animals and plants recover is an important part of the process for all of us.”
The competitive grants process was run through the Business Grants Hub with applications submitted by incorporated and not for profit organisations, Indigenous organisations, local government authorities, community groups and volunteers.
Nature Glenelg Pty Ltd received two grants of $150,000 for the following projects:
|Bushfire ‘insurance’ for threatened mammals in Cobboboonee National Park|
This project will see the construction of a predator-proof fence to prepare for the establishment of protected populations of the Southern Brown Bandicoot and Long-nosed Potoroo in land surrounded by local National Park.
|Woody weed management at bushfire sites in Cobboboonee National Park|
The aim of the project is to control woody weeds from within and in a buffer zone around the 2020 bush fire sites in the Cobboboonee National Park