Liberal Senator for Victoria, Sarah Henderson, today announced that Tiberius Lodge Horse and Disability Mind Set Therapy Ltd had been awarded $19,355 under the Morrison Liberal Government’s Communities Environment Program.

“This program is all about harnessing the passion of grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local projects that directly improve our local environment,” Senator Henderson said.

“This project will remove invasive weeds and revegetate native species along verges, causeways and waterways in the Toolern Vale area. This will reduce erosion and increase the habitat of endangered and rare native fauna within the local environment”.

Another four projects were also funded in the Gorton electorate. These are:

  • Friends of the Melton Botanic Gardens Inc.         $19,364
  • This project will undertake the removal of weeds and revegetate the area with indigenous plant species. This will enhance the habitat for bird life within the wildlife corridor at the Melton Botanic Garden.

 

  • Outdoors Victoria Limited   $17,700
  • This project will conduct on-ground weeding, revegetation, surveying, water quality testing and other monitoring activities during field sessions run through an environmental education program. This will enhance local habitats and increase protection of the environment through education about nature within the community.

 

  • Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group Inc.           $6,500
  • This project will extensively weed a 12ha paddock, followed by revegetation with locally native species and subsequent monitoring of wildlife activity. This will create a wildlife corridor, allowing native fauna to traverse between the two areas within the region.

 

  • Rabita Centre Australia Ltd.            $20,000
  • This project will create a natural landscape buffer through the removal of weeds and revegetation using locally appropriate plants. This will address historical degradation of the natural environment and enhance the habitat to encourage the return of native fauna within the site and surrounding areas.

 

The Morrison Government is investing more than $22 million in the Communities Environment Program to support local environmental projects in every electorate across Australia, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 per project.

A broad range of organisations were eligible to apply, including local community clubs, not-for-profit organisations, landcare groups and schools.

Senator Henderson said that the Communities Environment Program was empowering local community groups to deliver practical local environmental projects that would not only raise environmental awareness but also strengthen the local community.

“I was very pleased with the high quality of applications received from our local community and environmental organisations, and their enthusiasm to undertake practical environmental projects.

“Community groups in the Gorton region are already delivering many fantastic environmental projects, whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up local waterways, reducing litter or protecting native species,” she said.

“This new help to make the region cleaner and greener for future generations, and I look forward to working together to deliver this project next year.”