$14 million to Landcare Australia for bushfire recovery

The Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment

The Morrison Government is committing $14 million for seven regions severely impacted the black summer bushfires to deliver on ground activities that will aid in the recovery of native wildlife and habitat.

Landcare, in partnership with the National Landcare Network, will engage local Landcare groups, community organisations, local landholders, Indigenous groups and Traditional Owners to deliver the recovery projects.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said Landcare is perfectly placed to oversee the roll-out of the $14 million in regional funding.

“Landcare will ensure that this funding goes to recovery projects in the most vulnerable bushfire affected areas,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Projects will commence along the east coast from South East Queensland and the NSW north and south coasts, to Australia’s alpine areas, East Gippsland and Kangaroo Island.

“Eligible on-ground activities will include feral predator, weed and erosion control, provision of shelter such as nest boxes and artificial hollows, revegetation and regeneration, seed collection and propagation of native plant species, and fencing to protect sensitive areas including waterways.”

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that native plants and animals were already benefitting thanks to the on-the-ground efforts from Landcare and other community groups.

“We are already seeing results from actions such as the installation of hollows for species that lost their habitat in the fires, revegetation on private land and weed and feral animal control.

“The Morrison Government has committed $200 million for wildlife and habitat recovery through the $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund – it is vitally important that we continue to do this work so that our native iconic species, can return to their natural environments and thrive.”

Information on the program, including how to apply for funding and put your project forward for consideration can be found at https://landcareaustralia.org.au/

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