Environment Gippsland South Gippsland Lakes Volunteers

Grants open to improve local coastal environment

Local groups are encouraged to apply for up to $7,500 to undertake practical action to protect and enhance the coastal and nearshore marine environment in Gippsland South.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said groups could apply for funding under the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program to undertake projects such as habitat and beach condition monitoring, revegetation, pest and weed control, community engagement and threatened species recovery.

“The clean coastal areas of Gippsland are a big part of our local culture and tourism and ensuring that they remain in good condition for generations to come is vital,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Many people from across Australia and also internationally come to Gippsland to visit and enjoy our magnificent beaches and coastal lakes, so it’s important that they are kept in great condition so tourists continue to come and generate economic stimulus in our local communities.”

Mr O’Brien said projects that had been funded in the past included protecting saltmarsh in Inverloch and bird colonies at Phillip Island, public awareness campaigns about urban gardens, treating weeds, increasing awareness of biodiversity threats and undertaking community monitoring.

“Funding allocated under this program can be used to undertake a broad range of projects, all with the aim of restoring, rehabilitating and protecting local coastal areas,” Mr O’Brien said.

“However, these works don’t happen without the work of tireless and committed volunteers who facilitate and carry out these works and to those people who give up their time to undertake these projects, thank you.”

Mr O’Brien local groups to submit an application for funding before the deadline of 17 April.

For more information, including funding guidelines, visit http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/coasts/coastcare/Coastcare-Victoria-Community-Grants-Program#sept or contact the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

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