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Grants to improve the local environment

A total of $230,000 in Australian Government funding is available to community groups across the Mallee for on-ground environmental works.

Grants to improve the local environment

Nullawil Landcare Group member Donald Cooper next to a recently completed tree planting project

A total of $230,000 in Australian Government funding is available to community groups across the Mallee for on-ground environmental works.

Funding up to $20,000 per application is available for projects such as rabbit and weed control, revegetation and stock and exclusion fencing, under the latest round of the Mallee Biodiversity Grants Program.

The grants program is supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

“Regional Australians have the skills, knowledge and passion to make this country better from a grass roots level and it’s great when the Australian Government partners with them to get things done,” the Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, said.

Through the grants program, a total of $130,000 is available for projects anywhere in the Mallee CMA region, while a further $100,000 is available specifically for the Wathe and Avoca target areas in the southern Mallee.

Funding guidelines are available from the Mallee CMA website (click here), and applications close on October 9, 2015. All works must be completed by April 30, 2016.

“This funding will help community groups across the region undertake important on-ground works that result in direct improvements to the local environment,” Mallee CMA Chair Sharyon Peart said.

“Eligible projects could include pest plant removal, rabbit control, or developing areas for revegetation works with native species.  Other works might include fencing to protect native habitat that is under threat from grazing pressure.

“It’s local groups who best know where the need is within their own areas and that’s why funding opportunities like these are so valuable.”

Ms Peart said applications would be assessed on their capacity to protect, restore or enhance local priority landscapes.

 “Communities want to see they are making a difference, and these grants help motivate and mobilise volunteers and get community-members involved,” Ms Peart said.

“In turn, that has a positive effect on land management practices on private land, so the groups create direct impacts, but the flow-on effects keep building down the line.”

The Australian Government's total investment in natural resource management programmes amounts to over $2 billion over the next four years - of which $454 million is being invested through Australia's natural resource management organisations.

For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to

For more information on the Mallee Biodiversity Grants Program click this link.

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