Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Funds to protect natural resources

    16/12/2015 10:10 AM
     
    • $3.99 million for natural resource management
    • Supporting 142 community projects throughout Western Australia 

    A new walkway to protect the mouth of Margaret River and hiring Aboriginal people to track feral cats - these are just some of the projects funded by the State Government to protect the State's natural resources.

     

    Decisions on applications for State Natural Resource Management Program Community Action Grants were released today with 142 community projects receiving funding for 2015-16, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

     

    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said $3.99 million would be distributed across the projects, supported by $8.5 million worth of funding and effort from the participating groups.

     

    "These projects conserve and restore unique ecosystems throughout Western Australia. Without these grants important environmental work would not occur, especially in remote regions," Mr Baston said.

     

    Grant projects include:

    • protecting and restoring Roebuck Plains' wetlands
    • installing a walkway to protect the mouth of the Margaret River
    • eradicating feral pigs at Bannister River, Lake Muir, lower Blackwood River, Chittering Valley and the Donnelly area
    • harnessing hunting skills of Kiwirrkurra people in the Rangelands to control feral cats
    • removing rubber vine along the Fitzroy River
    • monitoring and building habitat for the western ringtail possum in the South-West
    • re-introducing native mammals to the Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary
    • surveys of Kimberley bilby habitat. 

    Mr Baston said the grants ranged from $5,000 to $55,000 and were part of a $24 million commitment over three years towards State Natural Resource Management.

     

    "The grants support local decision making, enabling communities to do on-ground works that are vital to their local area and encourage their continued involvement in the initiative," he said.

     

    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was playing a key role in protecting the State's natural resources through its $3.19 million investment in the 2015-16 Community Action Grants.

     

    "Regional WA is home to many of the State's natural resources and it's important to invest in maintaining and enhancing our diverse assets to bring great benefits to West Australians," Mr Redman said.

     

    Fact File

    • For the full list of projects, visit http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au  
    • Community Capability Grants for large projects close on January 18, 2016, while applications for small projects close on May 30, 2016, unless fully subscribed 

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

     

    NRM Community Action Grants.pdf