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A boardwalk fit for Kings

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has received a $310, 500 share of the Victorian Government’s $3.83 million Victorian Landcare Grants for this financial year.

A boardwalk fit for Kings

Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve.

The Victorian Government has provided the funding for local Landcare and Friends Of groups to finance projects that will benefit the health of the regions land, water and biodiversity.

Ranging from $7000 to $40,000, the grants were distributed among a number of Landcare groups throughout the Mallee region to fund projects such as revegetation, pest control, track installation and salinity mitigation.

Thanks to the grants, the Friends of Kings Billabong will receive $40,000 to help fund the installation of a boardwalk, along with some important works on the walking and cycling tracks at Kings Billabong Park.

The boardwalk will provide and maintain safe access to areas affected by recent flooding and will be designed to protect the condition of riparian and floodplain ecosystems, protect against erosion, and to maximise the benefits from wetting and drying.

Friends of Kings Billabong President Tressna Martin said the project wouldn’t be possible without the funding from the Victorian Landcare Grants program.

“We are absolutely delighted about receiving the grant -- as volunteers, we are dependent on the generosity of other organisations to assist us to maintain and enhance such a tremendous community asset as Kings Billabong,” Ms. Martin said.

The group hopes the boardwalk will help to reduce the damage to tracks, as well as protect against off-track damage to vegetation caused by visitors avoiding flooded areas. This is a part of a long-term plan that will also include removal of pest plant species and the replanting of indigenous species.

The project will also enhance the experience for cyclists, parents with young children and people in gophers or electric wheelchairs so that all can enjoy the benefits and preserve the environment.

The boardwalks will be built between Sandy Crossing and the Walks car park and the east side of Baggs Bridge.

The project is expected to be completed by October 2012, with the ongoing help and support from Parks Victoria.

Mallee CMA board chairperson Sharyon Peart said this funding is vital to the survival of Landcare and Friends Of groups throughout the region and therefore our natural environment and resources.

“The Landcare and Friends Of groups donate their time and work tirelessly to ensure the protection and improvement of our natural resources and with funding such as the Victorian Landcare Grants, they are able to undertake projects that will ensure the longterm viability of our environment,” Ms. Peart said.

Other local groups to receive funding through the Victorian Landcare Grants program
include:

  • The Manangatang Landcare group, which will receive $40,000 to undertake a rabbit ripping program;
  • The Millewa Carwarp Landcare group were granted $40,000 to carry out drainage basin and dry-land salinity mitigation works, as well as revegetation works including saltbush plantings;
  • The Sea Lake Landcare Group will receive $33,400 to undertake its roadside rabbit ripping program;
  • The Birchip Landcare Group were granted $30,640 to undertake a combined roadside rabbit ripping program and pest plant control works;
  • The Kooloonong Natya Landcare Group will receive $25,000 to carry out cactus control and roadside revegetation works;
  • The Mallee Landcare Group were granted $20,000 to undertake its roadside rabbit ripping program;
  • The Beulah Landcare Group were granted $9,950 to undertake its roadside rabbit ripping program;
  • The Yelta Landcare Group will receive $9,962 to carry out drainage basin revegetation works and saltbush planting;
  • And the Robinvale Landcare Group will receive $7,807 to complete Murray River Frontage revegetation and protection works.

A second round of Victorian Landcare Grants will be offered in the Victorian Mallee region early in 2012.

For more information, contact Regional Landcare Coordinator Kevin Chaplin on 5051 4377.

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