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New grants available for local Landcare groups

Landcare groups in the Victorian Mallee are being urged to take advantage of a new $320,000 grants program that will fund conservation works on private land.

New grants available for local Landcare groups

Above: Buloke woodlands in the Mallee.

This is the first time this grants program has been offered in the region and it is expected to attract strong interest from the Mallee’s 22 Landcare groups.

The grants will fund projects that help protect remnant vegetation, control rabbit numbers and tackle weeds. In order to meet Federal Government funding priorities, preference will be given to projects targeting remnant protection of specific Ecological Vegetation Class woodlands along natural waterways and buloke woodlands on private land in the Mallee CMA region. Rabbit control programs will also be supported, as will projects that target Weeds of National Significance, such as bridal creeper, athel pine and bone seed.

The program is supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country. 

“These grants are really a helping hand for local  Landcare groups, giving them financial support to implement important protection works on private land across our region,” Mallee CMA chair Joan Burns said.

“This program also provides Mallee farmers with the opportunity and means to have these works carried out on their land.”

Ms Burns said that the grants would enable groups to implement works projects they had identified in their Environmental Management Action Plans, which set out specific actions to be completed in the group’s relevant area.

Application forms and further information will be sent to Landcare groups next week. All applications must be lodged by Friday, April 30, 2010.

More information on the grants program is available by contacting Mallee CMA regional Landcare co-ordinator Kevin Chaplin on 5051 4377 or by viewing the "Grants and Incentives" page on our website.

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