Significant funds for South Coast NRM
FEDERAL Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is pleased to announce South Coast Natural Resource Management (NRM) has been awarded $4,972,731 through the Regional Land Partnerships component of the National Landcare Program.
Over the next five years, the Albany-based organisation will manage a variety of projects including rehabilitating and restoring wetlands in Esperance and exploring new opportunities to improve the status of priority-threatened species, by bringing together scientists, Aboriginal people and the NRM community.
Protecting coastal corridors, improving the condition of proteaceae-dominated kwongkan shrubland and temperate coastal saltmarshes and supporting farmers to adapt, innovate and meet food market demands using sustainable production principles are also projects being finalised.
"South Coast NRM is a well-respected organisation with an excellent track-record of conducting innovative land conservation projects and I wish to congratulate them on receiving this funding,” Mr Wilson said.
“Their work with their NRM community partners will ensure the federal government’s promise of delivering natural resource management priorities in the region will be undertaken in a professional and timely manner.
“It is worth pointing out that community engagement is a major component of the service delivery, with at least 20 per cent of project budget dedicated to supporting small, on-ground projects that are delivered by, or directly engage with, the local landcare community.”
South Coast NRM CEO Justin Bellanger said the funding was critically important to achieving landscape scale outcomes across the region.“To my knowledge, this the largest single investment being made within the region at this time,” Mr Bellanger said.
“At this point in time, we’ve secured funding for four projects to be delivered this financial year, and we’re optimistic about further projects that are pending that will be delivered between July 2019 and June 2023.
“This funding is very important to South Coast NRM and its partners, making up more than 90 per cent of the funding we administer and distribute to our community-based landcare partners.
“The funding is likely to directly support around 17 jobs in the region and critically a number of these are in smaller towns like Borden, Cranbrook, Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe, consistent with South Coast NRM’s strong commitment to supporting grassroots NRM in the region.
“It’s also likely, that a further three to five jobs will be supported through sub-contracting to various commercial operators and state government agencies which we will also support with this funding.
“South Coast NRM is very grateful for the support from Rick Wilson in advocating for the environmental and agriculture needs in O’Connor – he’s been a strong advocate for the work we do and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with him to highlight the needs of the South Coast region.
For further information on the Regional Land Partnerships, visit: http://www.nrm.gov.au/.