MACEDON RANGES LANDCARE PROJECTS RECEIVE FUNDING

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $38,660 into restoring and protecting the natural environment of the Macedon Ranges.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today congratulated the successful recipients of the 2019-20 Victorian Landcare Grants.

The annual grants program delivers critical funding to Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups who make significant contributions to caring for the environment through on-ground works, education and capacity building projects.

This year’s grants program is supporting two Landcare and environmental projects in the Macedon Ranges region.

Projects that will receive funding in the 2019-20 round include:

  • $20,000 for Malmsbury District Landcare Group to tackle the last major week infestation on the Malmsbury Common, build on the years of control work undertaken by Malmsbury Landcare and to undertake further study to identify the extend of the recently identified population of wombats.
  • $18,660 for Tylden Landcare Group for protecting, maintaining and enhancing the natural habitat by vigorous invasive plant control works.

Over the past four years, the Victorian Government has provided more than $149 million to protect Victoria’s biodiversity, supporting native and threatened species through a range of on-ground initiatives and funding.

The funding focuses on protecting and managing a range of native plants and animals, threatened species and habitats through collaborative planning, increased engagement and alignment of natural resources, scientific, educational and community sectors.

Landcare is a key component of the Victorian Government’s plan Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, which sets out the strategy to stop the decline of native plants and animals and ensure the environment is healthy, valued and cared for.

This year’s grants program is supporting 208 Landcare and environmental projects across Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs).

Landcare grants are delivered in partnership the CMAs, demonstrating the positive environmental outcomes that can be achieved when environment groups, local communities and the government work together.

For the full list of successful grant recipients visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/landcare

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“I would like to congratulate the grant recipients, as it is projects like these that make a significant contribution to the environment and the economy.”  “It’s great to see the Victorian Government invest in Landcare in the Macedon Ranges, so that local communities can enjoy our precious natural environment for years to come.”