ALMOST $1 MILLON FOR COMMUNITY DRIVEN BUSH CONNECT PROJECTS
Member for Lismore Thomas George has welcomed $971,912 funding from the NSW Government’s Bush Connect grants to start a decade long conservation projects.
Mr George said the grant would help the Border Ranges Great Eastern Ranges Partnership ($500,000) and Jiggi Catchment Landcare Group ($471,912) improve habitat and enhance local wildlife corridors between Border Ranges and Toonumbar national parks and in the Bungabee and Muckleewee nature reserve area.
Facilitator of the Border Ranges Great Eastern Ranges Regional Partnership, Jane Baldwin, said its project will engage landholders in weed control and bush regeneration works in selected areas restoring wildlife corridors between mountain ranges north of Kyogle.
“The works will better enable the movement of native animals across the landscape between protected areas and complements projects already underway by the North Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Local Land Services, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Julie Reid, spokesperson for Jiggi Catchment Landcare Group said its project will enable Landcare members in the Lismore local government area, who have demonstrated a commitment to natural area restoration on their properties, to get assistance from qualified bush regenerators to reinvigorate their existing restoration activities.
“The project will expand partnerships and geographical spread of the current funded six year project with professional bush regenerators working alongside Landcare members.
“Works will strengthen species migration pathways and create fauna refuges while re-establishing linear corridors,” she said.
“This program is designed to encourage partnerships between community environment groups or networks, farmers and non-government organisations to complete important environmental work,” Mr George said.
The grant program requires projects to run for a minimum of 10 years. The Environmental Trust and the applicant will jointly fund up to 80 per cent of the total project cost for the first six years. The applicant will contribute the remaining 20 per cent over the remaining four years.