Funds to protect WA’s natural resources

20 December 2016

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.

Conservation of the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo in Moora, and further works to the Greenough River Nature Walk Trail are among nine projects in the Northern Agricultural Region recently awarded funding by the WA State Government to protect Western Australia’s natural resources.

The good news, announced by WA Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis, will be a welcome festive season celebration for 118 community projects – including 9 from the Northern Agricultural Region – all of which have been awarded new funding through the 2016-17 State Natural Resource Management Program Community Action Grants scheme.

The successful recipients will share in the total of $3.73 million – of which $2.99 million came from the state government’s Royalties for Regions program – that will be distributed across the projects, supported by a further $6.26 million worth of funding and effort from the participating groups.

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council CEO Richard McLellan said he was very pleased to see local groups and projects receiving much-needed government support.

“On-ground natural resource management outcomes are always a product of volunteer and pro bono contributions from the community, and funding support from governments, groups, agencies and individuals, so it’s great to see this support coming from the state government,” he said.

“We’re really looking forward to all of these projects proceeding – all of which are contributing to healthier landscapes in our region – and for NACC providing support wherever we can.”

Projects funded in the Northern Agricultural Region:

Bush Heritage Australia – Restoration project plan and soil analysis at Eurardy Reserve – $15,000.

City of Greater Geraldton – Chapman River Wildlife Corridor CARE Project Stage 4 – $20,000.

City of Greater Geraldton – Greenough River Nature Walk Trail – Stage 2 – $54,000.

City of Greater Geraldton – Restoration of Ego Creek – $15,000.

Moore Catchment Council – Conserving and enhancing the Moore’s natural biodiversity assets Stage 2 – $55,000.

Moore Catchment Council – Conservation of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo in Moora and Boonanarring – $55,000.

Wannamal Lake Catchment Group – Tortoise Safeways – $39,730.

Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group Incorporated – Creating a Buzz About Revegetation – $34,565.

Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group Incorporated – Creating Corridors and Protecting Fenceline Flora: Stage Two – $47,820.

For the full list of projects, visit www.nrm.wa.gov.au

To read the media announcement release by WA Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis, visit www.nrm.wa.gov.au/news-events/news/2016/12/funds-to-protect-natural-resources.aspx

MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Jefferies Kym.Jefferies@nacc.com.au (08) 9938 0124. High resolution photos are available upon request.

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