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Funds to grow Mallee biodiversity

A TOTAL of $397,502 in Australian Government funding will help Mallee landholders and groups improve the region’s biodiversity.

Funds to grow Mallee biodiversity

Tree plantings in the Berriwillock area

The funding will be delivered through the latest round of Mallee Biodiversity Grants, which will help deliver a range of activities to improve habitat for native flora and fauna, create corridors of native bushland and protect priority areas.

The Mallee Biodiversity Grants program is supported by the Mallee CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Mallee CMA Chairperson Sharyon Peart said the grants will help deliver important activities.

“Approximately $149,000 is going to 15 local groups to complete a range of works including revegetation, stock exclusion fencing and pest control,” Ms Peart said.

“In addition to this, an impressive $248,000 is going to private landholders to cover fencing, seed, trees and planting costs associated with establishing five stock exclusion areas and 12 revegetation projects.”

The Australian Government is investing $1 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme. This includes more than $450 million directed in regional funding through to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.

Ms Peart said there had been a good spread of applications received from across the Mallee region.

"This funding is helping provide vital support to Mallee farmers and groups with a practical and working understanding of the environmental issues facing this region,” she said.

"We are working hard with landholders and local groups to consistently deliver good environmental outcomes across the region and these projects will help us to continue to do that."

 

For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to www.nrm.gov.au

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