CONNECTING young people to the environment, improving water quality, creating biolinks for wildlife and controlling weeds in a bushland reserve are just some of the projects being funded under the latest round of Victorian Landcare Grants.
Minister for the Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio, announced $165,698 funding for Victorian Landcare Grants in West Gippsland.
The funding covers 10 local projects, while 36 groups will receive a $500 support grant for completing a group health survey.
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority CEO, Martin Fuller, said the assessment panel was impressed by the quality of the proposals.
“The successful projects showed clear environmental outcomes and a high level of community involvement,” Mr Fuller said.
“They also all had significant in-kind support from volunteers and represented good value for money, as well as being good for the environment.”
The funded projects were able to apply for up to $20,000 to address a diverse range of issues from across the region.
The Gippsland Intrepid Landcare proposal provides 18–35-year-olds an opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment and learn more about Landcare.
Three different events will be held over a year, include tree planting in the Bass Coast Hills, animal surveying and weed control in Tarra Bulga National Park and a coastal walk along 90 Mile Beach.
A program to match new landholders with mentors to help develop sustainable land management goals and action plans will be piloted across Yarram Yarram and South Gippsland Landcare networks.
The Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network will fund landholders to fence off and revegetate their waterways, to increase biodiversity on farms, improve productivity and improve water quality by reducing sediment and nutrients entering the Gippsland Lakes.
“The successful applications were of a very high standard in terms of both environmental and community outcomes,” WGCMA board member Jodie Mason said.
“I am pleased that the majority of projects were able to be supported and would like to acknowledge the passion and commitment of all the local groups that applied.”
Seventeen projects applied for funding, to a total value of $231,920.
Funding for the 10 successful projects totalled $147,698. A further $18,000 was allocated, to groups that completed the Group Health Survey.
The Victorian Landcare Grants are funded by the Victorian Government.
For more information visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au.

2018/19 Victorian Landcare Grants:

• Gippsland Intrepid Landcare: Getting young people protecting the Bass Coast, Strzelecki Ranges and 90 Mile Beach environments. Three hands on events in three different locations over a year to give young people the opportunity to undertake environmental work and learn more about Landcare.
• Friends of Turton Creek: Citizen science water quality survey. Community groups and students will survey freshwater invertebrates and Aquatica Environmental will measure water quality.
• Powlett Project: Environmental Detectives help protect the Powlett catchment – Powlett Catchment Custodian kids. Connecting landholders with 11 schools to host activities including seed collecting, propagation, planting and monitoring.
• Kongwak Hills Landcare Group: Connecting Kongwak Communities. Establish 5500 indigenous plants and enhance 3.48ha of Damp Forest, to create biolinks for wildlife and encourage the growth of indigenous plants.
• Korumburra Landcare Group: Repairing Riparian Zones. Repairing riparian zones on the Foster Creek and Powlett River through community action and establishing 7000 indigenous plants on two separate riparian sites on private land.
• 3 Creeks Landcare Group: Riparian revegetation. Creating habitat for threatened species, by establishing 6300 indigenous plants in the Powlett catchment at four riparian and gully sites on 5.2ha of private land.
• Yarram Yarram Landcare Network: Pilot mentoring program. Pilot mentoring program across Yarram Yarram and South Gippsland Landcare networks matching new landholders with mentors to develop sustainable land management goals and action plans.
• Arawata Landcare Group: Building biota within Arawata Biomes. Combining weed control and revegetation activities to enhance four significant revegetation sites and protect a significant bushland reserve.