Lismore community groups to receive almost $1 million for vital bush regeneration
Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced four local community groups would receive a total $989,750 for projects aimed at restoring bushland in the local area.
Mr George said on World Environment Day (Tuesday 5 June) the grants were part of an $8 million NSW Government program to fix degraded natural bushland sites.
“In a challenging economic environment this funding targets key community groups who are best placed to protect their local environment,” Mr George said.
“I am pleased to announce Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc will receive $249,900 for rehabilitating and restoring lowland subtropical rainforest.
“This grant will be used to improve the health of 640 hectares of rainforest, through the work of two local Landcare groups and the wider community.
“Jiggi Catchment Landcare Inc has also been successful in their grant application for $250,000 to rehabilitate high conservation value habitats and corridors using professional bush regenerators working alongside Landcare members.
“As well, Tweed Landcare has secured $249,850 towards restoring high conservation value flora and fauna habitat to improve connectivity of bushland between the mid-Tweed River and Mount Warning.
“Finally, Upper Clarence Combined Landcare Inc will receive $240,400 to improve the health and resilience of 116 hectares of native vegetation.
“By restoring and protecting 6.5 kilometres of riparian frontage to the Upper Clarence, habitats of rare and endangered flora and fauna will be protected. This project aims to provide a buffer on private land to the adjoining Gondwana Rainforests.”
Mr George said it was a boost for the local community that the four dedicated community organisations had been successful in securing funding for such important projects.
The Lismore projects are among 33 across the state to share in $8 million under the Community Bush Regeneration Large Project grants, part of the Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation program.
Administered by the NSW Environmental Trust, these grants deliver on the NSW Government’s commitment to regenerate degraded natural bushland including riverbanks, waterways and urban bushland.
The grants are aimed at larger scale longer term projects which will build capacity for local community groups to protect, restore and enhance our environment.