28 June 2016
The environment is the winner as a result of this week’s announcement by the state government that more than half a million dollars in funding has been awarded for eight new environmental projects aimed at helping local community groups protect our region’s precious natural resources.
Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said that $8.34 million would be distributed over two and a half years to 61 groups across WA, as part of the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) Program’s Community Capability Grants.
Headlining the eight projects funded in the region is a new interactive natural resource management exhibit at the WA Museum – Geraldton, more accurate monitoring of land changes along our coastlines and more community events based around sustainable land management for small landholders.
These will be undertaken by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council – whose seven projects were awarded a total of $451,136 – and Moore Catchment Council, who were awarded $210,000.
“We’re really excited by the new funding announcement and the boost it will give to our work in the region,” said NACC CEO Richard McLellan.
“There’s always a mis-match between what the community wants to get done to advance sustainable land and sea stewardship across our region and the amount of funds available to support that work, so this is an important catalyst for new work.
“For example, NACC has been wanting to support land-holders experiencing problems with feral cats for some time, but have been constrained by limited capacity. Now, with the new funding from the State NRM Office, we will be able to make some in-roads into this critical issue.”
Mr McLellan said the team at NACC was looking forward to implementing the projects – virtually all of which will be delivered in collaboration with local organisations, such as the WA Museum – Geraldton, and members of the broader community.
The projects funded in the region are:
- Improving natural resource management capability in the Moore River Catchment, $210,000 – Moore Catchments Council.
- A helping hand to maintain your block and the environment , $67,000 – Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
- Engaging education for NRM, $53,000 – Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
- Feral Fix: feral animal education and control, $60,000 – Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
- Hands on experience to get hands on in NRM, $113,800 – Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
- NARvis (Northern Agricultural Regional Vision) – supporting effective NRM, $53,000 – Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
- NRM services for social responsibility, $76,336 – Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
- Photo-monitoring in your patch: developing Photomon services, $28,000 – Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
These project are supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.
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