Funding for projects in the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link

Funding for landholders to reconnect the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link for native wildlife Landholders in the Abercrombie river catchment are being offered a second 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. Funding is being made available for grants valued at $5,000-30,000 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. “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. “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 protect or 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. The project has already supported eight Landcare projects in 2014, delivering activities as diverse as invasive animal information days, Landcare planning and cultural heritage events. The GER also previously provided more than $7500,000 to support individual habitat restoration and weed and pest animal control works in priority corridor linkages. “This year’s grants will continue to support landholders who are 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. An information day will be held at the Tuena Hall on Sunday 8th March from 10am-2pm, see flyer- k2w landholder info day  it will be an opportunity to speak with partner organisations in the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala link and find out how your property can fit in with new funding round- contact Mary ph 0459352892 or email to register your interest in this info day. 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 here-  Landholder Grants 2015_16 and EOI form here: Landholder Grants 2015_APPLICATION FORM: or  if you would like us to send you a copy please email or phone Melissa Henry on 02 6385 1018. Applications close on Tuesday 14 April 2015. K2W Standard Map

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