Hon Mark Lewis M. App. Sci. MLC

Hon Mark Lewis M. App. Sci. MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food

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

    19/12/2016 6:00 AM
    • $3.73 million for natural resource management
    • Supporting 118 community projects throughout Western Australia 

    Monitoring endangered dibblers in the Fitzgerald River National Park and training indigenous rangers to protect threatened species' habitat around Eighty Mile Beach are among a range of projects funded by the State Government to protect Western Australia's natural resources.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis today announced 118 community projects as recipients of the 2016-17 State Natural Resource Management Program Community Action Grants made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions.


    A total of $3.73 million will be distributed across the projects, supported by $6.26 million worth of funding and effort from the participating groups.


    "These projects will make an enormous contribution across the State in protecting our unique native plants, wildlife and landscapes, especially in remote regions," Mr Lewis said.


    Grant projects include:

    • Post bushfire weed control and protection of heritage sites near Esperance
    • Protecting endangered numbats in the Warren Region
    • Training Aboriginal rangers in weed control in the Pilbara
    • Stabilising dunes at Woodman Point
    • Eradication of cactus at Wydgee Station and Oldfield River
    • Community monitoring of whale sharks in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area
    • Improving the habitat of the critically endangered western swamp tortoise
    • Eradicating feral pigs at Lake Muir and Chittering Valley
    • Removing rubber vine along the Fitzroy River
    • Controlling feral cats in Perth's western suburban bushland
    • Monitoring of endangered dibblers in Fitzgerald River National Park
    • Training indigenous rangers to protect threatened species' habitat around Eighty Mile Beach, including the greater bilby and marsupial mole. 

    Mr Lewis said the grants ranged from $5,000 to $55,000 and were part of a $24 million commitment over three years by the Government towards management of the State's natural resources and environment.


    "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 $2.99 million investment in the 2016-17 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.


    "Congratulations to all recipients.  I look forward to seeing these projects contribute towards building sustainability in our regions."  


    Fact File

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


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