BIODIVERSITY BUSHFIRE RECOVERY GRANTS WELCOMED

The Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett has welcomed a new Victorian Government grants scheme aimed at helping the Gippsland bushland and wildlife recover from summer’s devastating fires.

The $900,000 Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grants will fund on-ground works, community education and capacity building projects that help restore bushland and biodiversity in bushfire affected areas.

Targeting local communities and community-based groups is an important feature of these grants. By getting them involved in biodiversity rehabilitation, the grants will also strengthen community linkages and help Gippsland locals in their recovery from the fires. Grants will also support the implementation of the state’s biodiversity strategy, Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037.

As well as funding the rehabilitation of public land, the Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grants are also available to fire-affected private landholders in Gippsland who are focused on environmental conservation on their properties. Successful applicants can access grants of up to:
• $10,000 for eligible individuals
• $30,000 for environmental volunteer groups
• $50,000 for volunteer-based environmental networks.

The Victorian Government is also investing $17.5 million in targeted and priority actions in 2020 to help Victoria’s precious fauna and flora recover from the 2019-20 fires.

All grant recipients must follow current public health measures in delivering their projects. In light of this, more time will be given to complete funded projects.

Grant applications close at 5.00pm on Monday 20 July 2020. More information and eligibility criteria are available at environment.vic.gov.au/grants.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“These grants will enable critical environmental rehabilitation work to happen and will continue to support the important work being undertaken by the community.”

“I encourage individuals and volunteer groups to apply for these grants so that they continue to support the recovery of our bushfire-affected wildlife and biodiversity.”

“The grants will support private landowners conserving their bushland properties who are often local leaders on environmental conservation.”