Biodiversity to get a boost from grants

6 September 2016

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Keen botanists enjoying lunch alongside declared rare flora Grevillea bracteosa subsp. howatharra during.the Rare Flora Conservation Workshop and Field Trip, which was funded through Round One of NACC’s Biodiversity Community Grants.

Local land managers and community groups in the Northern Agricultural Region are now able to apply for NACC’s Biodiversity Community Grants to improve the management and protection of the region’s flora and fauna, and ensure its ecological values are retained for future generations.

The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) has now opened Round Two of the popular NACC Biodiversity Community Grants – which funds projects up to $10,000 to enhance community skills and knowledge in rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the region’s flora and fauna.

Previous projects that were funded included rare flora conservation workshops, native community gardens showcasing local plants, house mouse eradication trials at the Abrolhos islands, upgrades to the Northampton Botanic Line and bushland fire education and management training.

NACC’s Biodiversity Coordinator Jessica Stingemore said “By getting involved, groups working in natural resource management can help ensure the grants are used to maximise community benefit, targeting local and regional priorities,”

“These grants are designed to specifically support the groups to increase the knowledge and skills of the local community in order to participate in and directly contribute to the management of our natural resources and delivery of ecosystem services.”

Community groups, local governments and other eligible groups – such as educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations involved in the management of the regions terrestrial biodiversity – are encouraged to apply.

The grants are supported by NACC, through funding from the Australian Government as part of the National Landcare Programme.

The grants open on Wednesday 7 September and close 5pm WST 7 October 2016.

Grant guidelines can be found on the NACC website here>

MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Jefferies or call 9938 0124.

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