Eligible local Landcare groups, environment networks and community groups working on bushfire recovery projects can now access funding of approximately $50,000 in a landmark new grants program funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Source: Timberbiz
Recently announced by Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, the $14 million Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants Program is supporting recovery projects in seven government designated regions impacted by the Black Summer bushfires in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia.
The designated areas include:
- Rainforests of South-East Queensland (QLD)
- Rainforests of the NSW North Coast and Tablelands (NSW)
- Greater Blue Mountains and World Heritage area (NSW)
- Forests of the NSW South Coast (NSW)
- Alpine environments across ACT, NSW and Victoria (NSW and VIC)
- Forests and coastal ecosystems of East Gippsland (VIC)
- Kangaroo Island (SA)
In addition to funding of approximately $50,000, landscape-scale partnerships working together on bushfire recovery projects can also access funding of approximately $300,000.
$4million will go directly to projects benefitting forests and coastal ecosystems in the East Gippsland bushfire impacted region, with major projects eligible for funding of approximately $500,000 to $1million each.
National Landcare Network Chief Executive Officer Jim Adams said that the $14million bushfire grants program will be delivered by a ground-breaking alliance between the National Landcare Network, the Landcare peak bodies in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia, together with Landcare Australia.
“The Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery grants program will mobilise, build capacity, increase participation and support for Landcare networks and groups, farmers and landowners, Traditional Owners, and other groups involved in community led environmental activities in the most vulnerable bushfire impacted regions,” Mr Adams said.
“It’s an opportunity to expand on eligible on-ground activities benefitting these habitats and landscapes, and a chance to share knowledge, network and learn together with experts, industry, and community members.”
Dr Shane Norrish, Chief Executive Officer for Landcare Australia said the Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants will benefit landscape restoration, improve biodiversity and support community resilience.
“Commencing along the east coast from South East Queensland and the NSW north and south coasts, to Australia’s alpine areas, East Gippsland and Kangaroo Island, the grants program will be co-delivered by all the Landcare organisations who will work together to support project applicants, coordinate a wide range of high-impact on-ground community and environmental projects over the next 12 months for community landcare,” Dr Norrish said.
“Most importantly, they will reinforce and drive the incredible efforts already undertaken by the work of dedicated and passionate volunteers.”
What sort of activities can be funded?
- Pest/feral animal management/control
- Weed management/control
- Erosion control to protect waterways and repairing riparian areas
- Artificial habitat/shelter (such as nest boxes and artificial hollows)
- Revegetation and regeneration
- Seed collection and propagation of native plant species
- Fencing to protect sensitive or regenerating areas
- Contractors, expert flora and fauna surveys
- Habitat mapping, data recording, citizen science and education
- Engagement with local communities and Indigenous land managers
Applications will remain open until June 16 with successful applicants notified late June.
To apply and for further information visit www.landcareledbushfiregrants.org.au