Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, announced Inverell and Tenterfield organisations have been awarded more than $50,000 in combined funding under the Coalition Government’s Communities Environment Program.
“This program is all about harnessing the passion of grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local projects that directly improve our local environment,” Mr Joyce said.
Grant recipients include:
- $20,000: Granite Borders Landcare Committee – for fauna nesting boxes in fire-affected areas around Tenterfield.
- $15,000: Ozfish Unlimited Limited – For protection of the Purple Spotted Gudgeon in Tenterfield Creek.
- $18,793: GWYMAC Incorporated – To eradicate and manage invasive weeds at Nullamanna.
The Coalition Government is investing more than $22 million in the Communities Environment Program to support local environmental projects in every electorate across Australia, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 per project.
A broad range of organisations were eligible to apply, including local community clubs, not-for-profit organisations, landcare groups and schools.
Mr Joyce said that the Communities Environment Program was empowering local community groups to deliver practical local environmental projects that would not only raise environmental awareness but also strengthen the local community.
“I was very pleased with the high quality of applications received from our local community and environmental organisations, and their enthusiasm to undertake practical environmental projects,” Mr Joyce said.
“Community groups across the New England are already delivering many fantastic environmental projects, whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up local waterways, reducing litter or protecting native species,” he said.
“This new funding will help further those outcomes and I look forward to working together to deliver these projects which are due to start very shortly.”
Detailed project information:
- Granite Borders Landcare Committee Incorporated: Installation of nesting boxes for species in fire affected areas of the Tenterfield Shire. The nesting boxes will be purchased and made in working bees and located on public and private land. Once the nesting boxes are established they will be involved in a monitoring program focused on bats, possums and birds.
- Ozfish Unlimited Limited: Recreational fishers and the community of Tenterfield, and partners Tenterfield Shire Council and Moombahlene LALC will come together to improve the health of Tenterfield Creek at Jubilee Park. For the benefit of threatened fish - the Purple Spotted Gudgeon, all native fish, platypus, fishing, indigenous values, tourism and education. The project will see a 300 metre stretch of Tenterfield Creek and surrounding park land, improved through bank stabilisation, revegetation, weed control and prevention of excess sedimentation. As a high community use area, the project will also be used as an educational tool, will re-engage local indigenous community on country and provide greater tourism opportunities.
- GWYMAC Incorporated - Reducing threats to biodiversity at Nullamanna. The aim is to reduce Privet, Blackberry, Silverleaf Nightshade and Prickly Pear on eight private properties in the Nullamanna area as well as the Nullamanna Frazers Creek Travelling Stock Reserve