Controlling evasive weeds, building biodiversity links, and revegetating river corridors are some of the successful projects to be funded under a $6 million Morrison Government investment to support Victoria’s unique Wild Otways environment and coastal communities from Bells Beach to Peterborough.
The $6 million Wild Otways Initiative is being funded through the Morrison Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund and managed by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan welcomed the announcement by Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley of 23 projects which will see $855,000 of support including for coastal environments along the Great Ocean Road and the hinterland benefitting species including the masked owl, long-nosed potoroos, swamp antechinus, broad-toothed rat and native orchids.
“These are on ground projects that reflect the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting communities and practical environmental action,” Minister Ley said.
“As well as hands on conservation measures like tree planting and weed eradication, the projects will foster an ongoing legacy of community involvement and education.
Mr Tehan said, “he was delighted that three projects in Wannon including Camperdown Rail Trail Committee of Management, Port Campbell Public Purpose Reserve and Heytesbury District Landcare Network would benefit from the funding announcement”.
“The Port Campbell Bio Links project is a wonderful community volunteer project dedicated to habitat restoration, protection and creation of vital nature corridors for our native animals, linking the township of Port Campbell to the surrounding National Park and linking people with nature,” said Mr Tehan
Both the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail and Sherbrooke Rivers projects support improved biodiversity and habitat protection which will assist threatened and endangered species such as the Hooded Plover, Orange-bellied Parrot, Southern Brown Bandicoot and Swamp Antechinus.
“The catchment authority will also work with volunteer groups to build community capacity by engaging volunteers in species ID and on-ground works.
A full list of the successful projects can be found here.