National Landcare grants open in the Peel-Harvey NRM region
Landcare and community groups in the Peel-Harvey natural resource management region are now able to apply for Peel-Harvey Community Environment Grants totalling $150,000 to help care for the region's natural environment.
Community Environment Grants of up to $50,000 are available for community groups, schools and individuals to undertake on-ground works such as protecting habitat for migratory birds and threatened species, protecting threatened ecological communities and helping preserve the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetland.
The grants are part of the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and managed locally by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council — one of Australia's 56 regional natural resource management organisations.
“This is a great opportunity for local communities to tackle important on-ground works aimed at addressing local natural resource management priorities,” Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt said.
“Through these Community Environment grants communities are invited to deliver simple, local and long-term solutions to improve the productivity of their land and their local environment,” Mr Hunt said.
“It’s also pleasing to see that Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management organisations are directing more than 20 per cent of their National Landcare Programme funding to help support grant rounds such as these, as well as other local community engagement activities,” Mr Hunt said.
“The Australian Government is ensuring that funding is invested locally to deliver real change to safeguard productive capacity in the land for the future and to safeguard our environment,” Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce said.
“This is crucial because farmers, landcarers and community groups know what works best for their properties, environment and communities,” Mr Joyce said.
“It is also a key driver in delivering on the Australian Government’s commitment to support productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s primary industries, and good management of natural resources,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council works closely with the local community to reach a shared understanding of the environmental and agricultural issues facing the Peel-Harvey NRM region and what work is needed to address them,” Federal Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson said.
“By getting involved, community organisations, schools and individuals working in natural resource management can help ensure the grant programme is used to its maximum benefit, targeting local and regional priorities,” Mr Wilson said.
The Australian Government is investing $2 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia.
As part of this commitment $1 billion will be invested through the National Landcare Programme, including more than $450 million directed in regional funding to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.
For more information on this grant round and how to apply, please visit the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s website at www.peel-harvey.org.au.
For more information go to www.nrm.gov.au