Supporting New England communities in conservation

20 Jul 2018

Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has announced more than $80,000 in funding for the New England under the Coalition Government’s $5 million Environment Small Grants component of Phase Two of the National Landcare Program.


“I am proud to congratulate three recipients in the New England receiving Australian Government grant funding to deliver natural resource management activities that will improve the quality of our local environment,” Mr Joyce said.


“Through the National Landcare Program Environment Small Grants opportunity, we are investing $5 million through one-off grants of between $5,000 and $50,000, in community projects which are delivered at the local level but contribute to national environment priorities.


“This includes a project by Granite Borders Landcare Committee to control lantana and blackberry along 55 km of the Koreelah and Acacia Creeks at the headwaters of Clarence River catchment. The aim is to support 15 landholders along these riparian corridors to control these Weeds of National Significance and ultimately restore and conserve this area.


“Meanwhile South Endeavour will restore an area of nationally-endangered Semi Evergreen Vine Thicket on Motherumbah at Bingara. Another smaller project by Gwydir and Macintyre Resources Management Committee aims to support and implement best management practices that will protect and rehabilitate native fish populations in the Border Rivers and beyond,” Mr Joyce said.


“I know we all care for the land in some form or another and these projects are just a few of the many ways we’re helping ensure that our natural environment here in the New England electorate is healthy for future generations to enjoy as well.”


Successful recipients in New England are:

  • Granite Borders Landcare Committee Incorporated - Project: WONS Control for Koreelah & Acacia Creeks - Restoring Riparian Reach
  • South Endeavour Pty Limited – Project: Restoration of Semi Evergreen Vine Thicket, Motherumbah, Bingara NSW
  • Gwymac Incorporated – Project: Fishing for Answers


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