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Local groups urged to access Victorian Landcare Grants

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has received a $307,000 share of the Victorian Governments $3.5 million Victorian Landcare grants for this financial year.

The Victorian Government has provided the funding for local community groups to finance projects that will benefit the health of the region’s land, water and biodiversity.

Recipients must be incorporated, insured and not-for-profit Landcare groups, networks or friends of groups.
The grants program aims to provide funding for these groups to undertake on-ground works that contribute to the improvement and protection of the region’s natural resources.

Eligible projects include revegetation, riparian and wetland restoration, salinity plantings, remnant protection works and invasive plant and animal control.

The program has now also introduced grants to encourage innovation and experimental trials integrated with on-ground works linked to resource management.

Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart has urged local community groups to take advantage of the funding opportunities available to them.

“Volunteers play a vital role in improving the health of our local environment and these grants aim to support community groups to ensure this continues,” she said.

“The funding encourages and assists groups to conduct capacity-building activities and on-ground works, ranging from salinity plantings to workshops and field days.”

Bids for the Mallee region will be assessed against state and regional priorities by a technical panel for eligibility. An independent assessment panel will then rank projects and make recommendations to the Mallee CMA board for approval.

Applications must be received by the Mallee CMA by close of business on Friday September 2, 2011.
Further information and application forms can be obtained by contacting Regional Landcare Coordinator Kevin Chaplin at the Mallee CMA on 5051 4377 or from the Mallee CMA website's "Grants and Incentives" page.

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