17 December 2017

Upper Barwon Landcare Network secures major funding boost

Upper Barwon Landcare Network secures major funding boost

Some 18,500 will be planted across the Corangamite and Geelong regions by June 2020 thanks to a major funding boost from the Turnbull Government for new revegetation under the 20 Million Trees Program which will directly help recover threatened ecological communities or threatened species.

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson is delighted to announce funding for the following local projects:

§ $47,839 for the Upper Barwon Landcare Network to plant 8,500 trees across 17 sites to provide a matrix of biodiversity across the landscape.

§ $110,000 for reinstating lost Plains Woodland to plant 10,000 trees around Limeburner’s Lagoon, helping to reinstate lost and fragmented grassy woodland.

“I congratulate the Upper Barwon Landcare Network on the wonderful work it does to restore habitat and protect threatened ecological communities and species,” Ms Henderson said.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits these projects will bring to our local community, native species and our environment as a whole.”

Delivered under the third and final round of the 20 Million Trees Program, the projects will help see the Turnbull Government deliver on its commitment to plant 20 million trees across Australia by 2020.

For more information on the projects funded, please visit: http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/20-million-trees

Note for editor – here’s the description of the project for the Upper Barwon Landcare Network

The vision of the Upper Barwon Landcare Network is to provide a ‘matrix of biodiversity’ across the landscape, providing links both within and beyond our region to increase the abundance and resilience of indigenous species. This project will improve the extent, condition and connectivity of native vegetation in the Otway Plain bioregion, with the specific aim of protecting threatened ecological communities and species. The project will involve strategic revegetation of farm land to build biodiverse linkages between previous revegetation sites, existing remnants, water ways and across catchments. The project activities include revegetation of 17 sites on private land, totalling approximately 8.7 ha, which will be protected by the erection of stock exclusion fencing. This revegetation will be carried out to the relevant Ecological Vegetation Classes, predominantly Grassy Woodland.

17 December 2017