NLP Community Grants 2016-2018
The 2016-2018 National Landcare Programme (NLP) Community Grants recipients have been announced by Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester.
East Gippsland Landcare Network
East Gippsland Landcare Network will receive funding to work with its groups on revegetation in the Gippsland Plains, Dargo, Tambo and Buchan valleys and improving farming sustainability. The project will focus on encouraging individuals and groups to enter into long-term voluntary agreements to manage their local landscapes. Strategies include creating 15-metre wide vegetation corridors to link with existing vegetation. Stock exclusion fencing and changes in grazing practices are also planned with the aim of increasing groundcover.
East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network
East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network will be supported in the second phase of their restoration work at Lake Tyers Beach.
Far East Victoria Landcare
Far East Victoria Landcare will receive funding for an innovative project; Plants for Pollen. It will involve community members in and around towns and farming communities planting more native species of pollen and nectar-producing plants, to support bee populations and pollination activity for horticulture and agriculture.
Snowy West Landcare Group
The Snowy West Landcare Group is introducing a fauna monitoring program including nest boxes along the East Gippsland Rail Trail. The group already has strong ties with the local school and good community involvement, but is hoping this project will encourage awareness and participation in the wider community.
Snowy River Interstate Landcare Committee
The Snowy River Interstate Landcare Committee will be funded to establish a program of keynote speaker events in 2017, aimed at promoting best practice and innovation in remote rural communities. They intend to cover subjects such as wildlife management, biosecurity, conservation, sustainability and small-scale holdings.
Nagle College Year 9 Eco Warriors Symantha Churches (left) and Lara Benton (right) show EGCMA Community Projects Officer Carolyn Cameron and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester some of the rare species used to restore their rainforest site, under the project’s 2015-2016 NLP funding.
These projects are funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.