Community groups in the Abercrombie river catchment are being offered the chance to be part of one of the largest wildlife corridor projects in Australia.
For the second year running, 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 up to $20,000 in the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link landscape corridor.
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 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 July 2013, the GER announced the successful grant recipients of the funds made available through a similar process at that time.
“The project is all about working with local people to help protect the natural values of the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link”, said GER Conservation Manager, Gary Howling.
“Last year we were very pleased to be able to support eight extremely important projects, involving groups from areas along most of the length of the Kanangra-Boy to Wyangala Link corridor” he said.
“We are encouraging local groups, including Aboriginal groups, Landcare and amateur naturalist groups to get hold of the funding guidelines from our website (www.greateasternranges.org.au/k2w) and apply for projects that meet the criteria we have set this year”.
Projects funded last year included support for the development of the Hovells Creek Landcare Conservation Action Plan, which will be released by Primary Industries minister, Katrina Hodgkinson in Reids Flat next week.
“In addition to the great work of the Hovells Creek community, we were also able to support an expansion of the Tussock Tamers weed program, delivery of a River Dreaming Aboriginal heritage canoe tour, and several collaborative pest animal management and revegetation projects” Mr Howling said.
“The funding announced this week will provide community groups 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 groups who are wanting to restore habitat, monitor local wildlife populations, map or plan cultural heritage site protection, develop Landcare plans or deliver community field days”.
Funding of up to $20,000 per grant is available subject to priorities that have been adopted for the K2W Link project. Expressions of interest close on Monday 2 June 2014 information about the criteria is available here : K2W Grants 2014_GUIDELINES K2W Grants_application form_2014 or from GER Website : www.greateasternranges.org.au/k2w or by contacting Mary Bonet on 0459 352 892.