Funding for landholders to reconnect the K2W Link for native wildlife

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Landholders in the Abercrombie river catchment are being offered the chance to be part of one of the largest wildlife corridor projects in Australia.

The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative has announced a call for expressions of interest from individuals and community groups who are interested in proposing habitat restoration projects valued at $5,000-30,000 in the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link landscape corridor.

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The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (or ‘GER’ for short) is a major collaborative effort to link and protect habitat for native plants and animals along the Great Dividing Range. The GER has a vision to protect and restore natural wildlife corridors from the Grampians in western Victoria, through New South Wales and the ACT, to tropical far north Queensland.

The Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link (K2W) is an important natural corridor for native species between the Kanangra-Boyd and Blue Mountains national parks, along the Abercrombie river, to Wyangala Dam.

In late 2012, the GER received a grant from the Australian Government to support the work of local people who are managing threats to the corridor.

2014-01-13 Image 2 - K2W Landholder Grants 2014 - Rainbow Bee-eater“The project is all about working with local people to help protect the natural values of the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link”, said GER Conservatio n Manager, Gary Howling.

“Local groups, including Aboriginal groups, Landcare and amateur naturalist groups have already achieved an enormous amount to maintain habitat for species that migrate through the area every year”.

“The funding announced this week will provide individual landholders with support to work together in getting on top of problems that affect production and corridor values in the Abercrombie catchment upstream of and around Wyangala Dam” he said.

“We are calling for expressions of interest from landholders who are wanting to restore habitat, including where this involves managing invasive animals and weeds in key areas within the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link” said Mr Howling.

“We are also wanting to support landholders in the area who have an existing conservation agreement, or are interested in developing a new agreement” he said.

2014-01-13 Image 1 - K2W Landholder Grants 2014 - Nr Wyangala DamThe project has already supported seven Landcare projects in 2013, delivering activities as diverse as invasive animal information days, Landcare planning and cultural heritage events.

“This year’s grants have been expanded to support landholders wanting to restore habitat and wildlife corridors on their property using a grant provided through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and assisted by Central Tablelands Local Land Services” Mr Howling said.

Funding of $5,000-30,000 per grant is available subject to priorities that have been adopted for the K2W Link  project. Information about the criteria is available from the GER website at: www.greateasternranges.org.au/k2w or  by contacting Angus Arnott on 02 6341 9322.

Download K2W EOI Package here: 2014 K2W Grants EOI Package

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