The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (or ‘GER’ for short) , one of the biggest habitat restoration projects in the world is working with Landcare and community groups in the Abercrombie catchment on a variety of projects to support the work of local people who are managing threats to the corridor in a project known as the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link ( K2W )
Following on from the success of the first round of community group funding in 2013/2014, GER has provided over $150,000 in funding through the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund for Landcare and other community groups to protect and restore natural connections for native plants and animals in the K2W link corridor. The 2014/2015 successful groups include 4 local Landcare groups(Fullerton Hadley Landcare, Upper Lachlan Landcare, Peelwood/Limmerick/Tuena Landcare and Hovells Creek Landcare Groups), 3 Aboriginal projects (including Orange and Pejar LALCS and the CORRIDOR Project) and 3 NGO projects (including International Volunteers for Peace, National Parks Association and Greening Australia).
Gary Howling, conservation manager with the GER initiative said “The grants are about working with local people to help protect the natural values of the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link”, said Mr Howling.
“Local farmers, Landcare, community and Aboriginal groups and have already achieved an enormous amount to ensure the corridor is able to support wildlife and ensure a sustainable living for people in the landscape”.
“These grants will provide the groups with the extra bit of support they need to get on top of problems that affect production and corridor values in the Abercrombie catchment and help instil a sense of collaboration and build interest at the local level.” He said.
Activities relating to the GER K2W funding will be starting next month with Peelwood/Limmerick Tuena Landcare group holding a Pest Animal Information planning day in August.
Geetha from National Parks Association will also be running another round of “Who’s Living on my Land” commencing in August as well. (see link for more info about this project)
GER is also running a round of grants for Individuals in the K2W link with $500,000 available for connectivity conservation projects, These applications are currently being assessed by the K2W panel and will be announced shortly.