- $3.5 million for 121 community natural resource management projects across regional Western Australia
The work of grassroots landcare and environmental groups across regional Western Australia has received a $3.5 million boost.
The McGowan Government today announced funding towards 121 projects aimed at conserving and restoring unique ecosystems throughout regional Western Australia.
Grant projects which received funding through the State Natural Resource Management Program include:
- Post flood protection and revegetation in Ravensthorpe;
- Protecting the western ringtail possum in Albany;
- Removing rubber vine on the Fitzroy River;
- Improving fire co-ordination on the Dampier Peninsula;
- Control of cactus in Yalgoo and Ravensthorpe;
- Mitigating grazing pressure on the Chenopod Flood Plains, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo;
- Bringing biosecurity education to Peel-Harvey classrooms with Professor Pest;
- Eradicating feral pigs in Lake Muir, Denbarker, Northcliffe Spring and Donnelly; and
- Mitigating salinity and non-wetting soils in the Wheatbelt.
Schools, not-for-profit organisations, local government and sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation groups will receive funding support of up to $55,000 as part of the 2017-18 Community Action Grants round.
In addition to State Government funding, participating groups and their partners will contribute $5.6 million in cash and in-kind support towards these projects.
The full list of funded projects is available at http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"These grants allow for regional communities to continue to drive and deliver important local environmental work which would often not otherwise be possible, especially in remote regions.
"This program helps underpin the continued protection of our diverse Western Australian environment - from our rivers and coastline, to agricultural and pastoral land to natural bushland and wildlife sanctuaries."
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"WA is home to outstanding tourism ventures attracting international, interstate and local visitors and this is something that all Western Australians can be proud of.
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to protecting our waterways for the enjoyment of all Western Australians."
Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:
"In WA we are blessed with some of the world's most beautiful and unique waterways and their ongoing protection is essential.
"This funding will enable grassroots organisations and local community groups to protect, conserve and rehabilitate our regional water environments to ensure they can be enjoyed for generations to come."
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Water Minister's office - 6552 6100