$700,000 FOR LISMORE ENVIRONMENT PROJECTS INCLUDES $200,000 FOR KOALAS
NSW Government funding will help the Lismore community do more to save koalas.
Lismore City Council and Friends of the Koala Incorporated will each receive a $100,000 NSW Government Restoration and Rehabilitation grant, Member for Lismore Thomas George announced today.
“These grants will help support local koala populations and improve koala habitats,” Mr George said.
“The funding will help create refuges and re-establish corridors to allow them to move about more freely and safely.”
This Environmental Trust grants program is designed to protect and restore the environment, including important ecosystems and habitats of rare and endangered species.
Mr George also announced five other local grants:
- $100,000 for Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group to rehabilitate critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest;
- $100,000 for EnviTE to restore Fleay’s Barred frog habitat in Nightcap National Park;
- $100,000 for Tweed Shire Council to improve Rous river water quality;
- $100,000 for Nimbin Rocks Cooperative Landcare Group to restore lowland rainforest and six other sites in Nimbin; and
- $99,800 for Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to restore the Toonumbar valley.
In all, 56 NSW community groups and government organisations will share $5.2 million in Restoration and Rehabilitation grant funding to undertake projects that protect, restore and improve the environment.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman joined Mr George in the electorate for the announcement. Mr Speakman said communities had invaluable knowledge and passion for their local bushland, wildlife, heritage and ecological sustainability.
“It’s important that government support local initiative and these grants do precisely that, making a difference,” Mr Speakman said.
Mr Speakman said the Government was also investing a record $100 million in its Saving our Species program to safeguard koalas and all other threatened species in NSW.