The McGowan Government has provided $7 million in grant funding to support community efforts to protect and enhance Western Australia’s diverse environment.
Community Stewardship grants have been allocated to 85 projects to support environmental projects throughout WA – 53 small grants for short-term projects and 32 large grants for long term endeavours.
In addition to grants towards revegetation, weed eradication and invasive species control, this year’s investment includes unique projects like audio recordings of threatened fauna, supporting the world’s first possum finishing school, exploring regenerative grazing practices and helping protect the world’s rarest marsupial – the Gilbert’s Potoroo.
The grants are a part of an ongoing funding commitment to the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program.
For a full list of 2019 State NRM Community Stewardship Grant recipients’ activities visit https://www.nrm.wa.gov.au
As stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“The McGowan Government’s State NRM Community Stewardship Grants help support community groups working on the ground on practical projects that conserve and enhance our treasured natural assets, from the Kimberley to the South Coast.
“These groups give so much to protect and enhance our coastal, agricultural, pastoral, urban and bushland environments and our wildlife sanctuaries – and this funding backs in their work to deliver real improvement to our soils and lands across the State.”
As stated by Acting Environment Minister Francis Logan:
“The variety of projects supported by the Community Stewardship Grants reflect the diverse range of environmental challenges being addressed by local groups and volunteers across the State, which will be boosted by this State Government initiative.
“These State Government grants will boost the capacity and capability of valued groups and volunteers, such as students from Albany Senior High School who will use their grant to monitor shoreline stability, coastal saltmarsh plants and animals, and marine microplastics at Emu Point.”
As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:
“The State NRM grants empower community organisations to protect waterways and environments in their local area.
“For example, the Gingin Water Group, which will use the funds to update its Landholder Strategy to improve resilience and biodiversity of the Gingin Brook.
“Waterways are a shared resource and it’s important that Government, industry and community work together to protect our world-class water environments to ensure their sustainability for the long term future.”
Agriculture and Food Minister’s office – 6552 6200