GIVING THREATENED SPECIES A HELPING HAND

Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today encouraged local environmental organisations to apply for the Andrews Government’s $5.2 million threatened species grants.

Ms Symes said the Threatened Species Protection Initiative will support threatened species’ survival in the short term through on-ground activities such as habitat creation and restoration and site protection.

Ms Symes said $2million will be available to community groups through the Community Volunteer Action Grants, for small-scale threatened species projects that enable the community to undertake direct action through localised activities such as revegetating areas, building fences, species monitoring and establishing suitable habitat for threatened species.

“We’re supporting the community in their on the ground efforts to save our threatened species,” Ms Symes said.

“Our wildlife is part of what makes Northern Victoria such a great place to live and visit and this initiative will help ensure our threatened species remain for all to enjoy.

“This funding will allow communities to get behind some of the species they’re particularly passionate about saving.

“Targeted, coordinated action on threatened species helps plants and animals to survive in the short term, while we develop longer-term strategies and programs to address systemic challenges to their survival. Both approaches are critical to success.”

A further $3 million dollars will be provided through the Critical Action and Strategic Partnerships Grants to environmental agencies and organisations to reduce threats and secure important sites for threatened species.

The initiative also comprises a $200,000 crowdfunding component, where a selection of successful project teams can fundraise online to expand their project, and Government then matches the funds raised. Crowdfunding allows the community to directly invest in causes and projects that they value, and are particularly passionate about.

Applications for the grants are now open and guidelines are available. For more information or to apply for the grants, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/tspi