Big money for community driven bush connect project
Almost half a million dollars will be spent on a decade long local conservation project, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.
A $499,460 NSW Government grant will help Greening Australia (Capital Region) to implement long-term environmental solutions in the Monaro.
Mr Barilaro said the project is one of 16 long-term Great Eastern Ranges corridor environmental projects across the state given a share of over $7.5 million in NSW Environmental Trust grants.
“Set in the Great Eastern Ranges corridor, this is a pioneering connectivity project for the Monaro region that will apply long term rigorous science, community engagement and cultural linkages in response to the dramatic loss of eucalypts over the last 10 years,” said Mr Barilaro.
“On ground collaborative action targeting 24 sites will reinstate standing dead-tree rocky outcrops into vibrant living stepping stones through a mix of CSIRO tree provenance trials at strategic locations, cultural trial burning on TSR’s and corridor planting incentives for property owners.
“Results will pave the way for resilient species to cope with a changing environment and the establishment of a Monaro Dieback Network will guide social and financial investment.”
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the Bush Connect grants provide funding of between $250,000 and $500,000 each, for the first six years of the projects.
“This program is designed to encourage partnerships between community environment groups or networks, farmers and non-government organisations to complete important environmental work,” Mr Speakman said.
The grant program requires projects to run for a minimum of 10 years. The Environmental Trust and the applicant will jointly fund up to 80 per cent of the total project cost for the first six years. The applicant will contribute the remaining 20 per cent over the remaining four years.
To see a full list of recipients and project descriptions, visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/2015-bush-connect.htm.