Kate Walsh is from the Nerrena Landcare Group that received $2500 for tree planting along the Tarwin River.

Roger Lee’s 3 Creeks Landcare Group
received $5000 for a bird monitoring project.

WEST Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) has provided $100,000 in funding split between 24 Landcare groups.
Announcing the funding, WGCMA CEO Martin Fuller said Landcare is a long-time partner in the region.
“We work with Landcare to help deliver successful and effective natural resource management projects,” Mr Fuller said.
“The support grants will help Landcare volunteers in our region to continue to do the amazing work they have been doing for over 30 years.”
The funding was small grants up to $5000 for projects that address local concerns.
“By funding Landcare groups to complete projects specific to their individual goals is hugely important to maintaining strong and healthy groups,” Mr Fuller said.
“In addition to this, our research shows that for every one dollar spent on ‘on ground’ works, there is at least three dollars in social benefit that flows through to the Landcare group, its members and the local community.
“Every Landcare group is unique, and it is fantastic we were able to support an incredible breadth of projects right across the region ranging from the Neerim Frog Festival to mapping of past projects to running a student film festival on the benefits of citizen science.”
For more information on the grants, please contact your local Landcare network or WGCMA’s Regional Landcare Program officer, Kathleen Brack on 1300 094 262.
Support grant recipients include:
• 3 Creeks Landcare Group – bird monitoring project: $5000
• Anderson Inlet Landcare Group – bird monitoring project: $5000
• Korumburra Landcare Group – bird monitoring project: $5000
• Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group – bird monitoring project: $5000
• Mt Worth Landcare Group – mapping of past project and revegetation sites: $5000
• Gippsland Agroforestry Network – case study on the processes of the timber production from the growing of the tree through to milling and marketing: $3000
• Franklin River Landcare Group – weed control and planting of 6000 plants: $5000
• Arawata/ Mt Eccles Landcare Group – weed control (sweet pittosporum) in the Hammans Bush reserve: $5000
• South Gippsland Landcare Network – develop a landholder support program: $5000
• Nerrena Landcare Network – planting and weed control at the Koonwarra Recreation reserve along the Tarwin River: $2500
• Mardan Mirboo North Landcare Network – implement the Strzelecki Koala Corridor Plan for the Mardan-Mirboo North Landcare area: $2500
• Corner Inlet Blackberry Action Group – weed management plans for landholders: $3000.