Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the Communities for Nature grants helped environmental groups to undertake practical grassroots programs that conserved local areas.
“It gives me great pleasure to provide funding to three local groups that will use the grants to carry out works in Gippsland,” Mr Ryan said.
“Gippsland is a magnificent area of Victoria and I’m thrilled that these three groups, among many others, are looking after the natural environment so it can be enjoyed by locals and visitors.”
The local recipients are:
* Volunteer Group of Wildlife Carers – Treatment of mange in wombats - $14,114;
* Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park – Mountain Ash Recovery project - $7,831; and
* Point Smythe Co-op – Cape Liptrap Coastal Park Banksia Woodland Restoration - $4,692.
“More than 380 applications were received for this round of grants, and the high quality of applications reflects the significant works being carried out by community groups throughout the state,” Mr Ryan said.
“I congratulate these groups on their initiative and commitment to our environment and encourage other organisations throughout the electorate to access this in the future.”
Mr Ryan said the local recipients were among 115 groups across the state to share in $4.1 million of funding that would be rolled out over two years.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the Coalition Government’s most recent $4.1 million grant round delivered practical partnerships between government, community and environmental groups.
“After 11 years, Labor left Victoria’s ecosystem with a legacy of waste and mismanagement,” Mr Smith said.
“Across the life of the Communities for Nature grants program, the environment will benefit to the tune of $20 million.
“These grants are another example of the Coalition Government’s ability to deliver real and tangible support to local communities that directly benefit the environment.”
To find out more about the Communities for Nature grants, phone Mr Ryan’s Sale office on 5144 1987.
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