$2million For Communities Acting To Protect Victoria’s Biodiversity

The Andrews Labor Government is helping community groups in Northern Victoria to protect the future of Victoria’s biodiversity.

Recently the Victorian Government announced $2 million for 2018 Community & Volunteer Action Grants under the Biodiversity On-ground Action Initiative.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said grants up to $50,000 are available to help communities continue the valuable work they’re already doing to protect and expand habitats for Victoria’s native plants and animals on public and private land.

Expressions of interest are also being sought from groups interested in developing their crowdfunding, social media and marketing skills through free workshops in the form of Crowdfunding Grants.

Grants up to $2,000 will be made available to successful applicants to develop crowdfunding campaigns that raise funds for threatened species and biodiversity projects in Victoria.

“The Andrews labor Government will match any of these campaigns that successfully reach their crowdfunding target, up to $25,000,” Ms Symes said.

“There is significant work being done in Northern Victoria by local landcare, environmental, and community groups as we saw with more than 20 projects approved under last year’s funding round.

“I expect there to be significant interest again in this latest funding round and encourage local farming, landcare, environmental, and community groups to apply.

“Together, government, environment organisations, industry, businesses and the community can slow the decline of our natural environment.”

To find out more or to apply for a grant visit: www.environment.vic.gov.au/biodiversity/biodiversity-on-ground-action

Northern Victoria projects approved under last year’s round included:

Baranduda Landcare Project: Enhancing Biodiversity in a Peri-urban Environment

Funding Allocated: $50, 000

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Inc Project: Restoring Habitat Linkages in Wodonga

Funding Allocated: $50,000

Yackandandah Cemetery Trust Project: Cemetery Native Grassland Species: protection and Identification

Funding Allocated: $5,600

Mitta Valley Landcare Group Project: Mitta Valley Landcare environmental protection and enhancement project covering 88ha.

Funding Allocated: $49,994


Tallangatta Rail Trail Advisory Group Incorporated Project: Protecting Upper Murray Remnants

Funding Allocated: $29,700

Up2Us Landcare Alliance (Mansfield) Project: Sandy Creek habitat restoration – welcome back Phascogales and Banksias

Funding Allocated: $42,100

Christmas Hills Landcare Group Project: Engaging landholders, improving habitat, and protecting orchids in Christmas Hills

Funding Allocated: $39,038

Friends of the Panton Hill Bushland Reserves System Project: Cultivating Community Stewardship: Caring for the Significant Biodiversity of Panton Hill and Smiths Gully

Funding Allocated: $49,383

South West Goulburn Landcare Inc (Broadford) Project: Fur and fins; extending landscape pathways with community collaboration

Funding Allocated: $49,120

Honeysuckle Recreational Environment Project Working Group, a sub-committee of the Violet Town Action Group Project: Zooming in and out on threatened species in Violet Town

Funding Allocated: $48,440

Friends of Winton Wetlands Project: Sticking our necks out for Turtle conservation

Funding Allocated: $ 49,150

Kilmore Fire Brigade Project: Monument Hill Pine Removal Program

Funding Allocated: $26,700

Harston Community Landcare Group Incorporated Project: Stockyard Plain Community Project 2

Funding Allocated: $37,160

Friends of the Seven Creeks, Euroa Project: Restoring the Seven Creeks, Euroa Township

Funding Allocated: $50,000

Longwood Plains Conservation Management Network Project: Icons of the Longwood Plains: Grey-crowned Babblers, Bush Stone-curlews and Squirrel Gliders habitat improvement.

Funding Allocated: $ 48,500

Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network (Katamatite) Project: Villa Turquoise – Creating and monitoring artificial nesting habitat for the threatened Turquoise Parrot

Funding Allocated: $50,000

Myrtleford and District Landcare & Sustainability Project: Suring up the threatened Stony Bush-pea Pultenaea lapidosa on Reform Hill.

Funding: $18,585

Greta Valley Landcare Group Project: Protecting Scattered Paddock Trees for our Woodland Birds and Bats

Funding: $36,030

Springhurst and Byawatha Hills Landcare Group Project: Why I’m Important – Roadside Reserves

Funding: $48,000

Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group (Bright) Project: Riparian Conservation and Connectivity: Ovens/Buckland Rivers junction

Funding: $31,500