More than 100 new bushfire recovery projects have been selected to aid in the recovery of native wildlife and habitat in seven regions severely impacted by the Black Summer bushfires - part of a $14 million Morrison Government commitment.
Upper Spring Creek Landcare at Razorback will receive $264,078 to continue local wildlife and habitat recovery after the Green Wattle Creek bushfire.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network are coordinating the projects, which range from South-East Queensland to the NSW north and south coasts, the Blue Mountains, Australian alpine areas, East Gippsland and Kangaroo Island.
“Our unique native plants and animals are already benefitting thanks to the on-the-ground efforts from Landcare and other community groups, but there is still work to be done,” Minister Ley said.
“These new projects will build on the broad range of recovery activities already being carried out by Landcare and other community groups in the wake of the fires.
“The Morrison Government is committed to the recovery of our wildlife and habitats – 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.”
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor welcomed the announcement.
“Landcare Australia is perfectly placed to see the roll-out of this funding,” Mr Taylor said.
“This project undertaken by Upper Spring Creek Landcare will not only directly support native species recovery but also improve weed control in the area, which is good news for local landholders.
“It will also build a network of local Landcare groups and landowners to share information, tools, knowledge and experiences.”
To date, the Morrison Government has committed $200 million for wildlife and habitat recovery through the $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund. A list of the 111 Landcare grant projects can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery/activities-and-outcomes.