MORNINGTON PENINSULA AND FRENCH ISLAND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO BENEFIT FROM COASTCARE FUNDS

Volunteers and community groups along the Mornington Peninsula and French Island coast will share in
almost half a million dollars in funding from the Victorian Government to continue important protection
and rehabilitation works.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett MP said more funding and larger grants of up to $30,000 were available through this year’s Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program to help realise projects that
conserve, restore and rehabilitate coastal and marine environments.

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change. Now in its 26th year, Coastcare Victoria continues to be committed to preserving the coastline, promoting conservation and
engaging volunteer participation.

This year’s grants program has funded four community projects in Mornington Peninsula and French Island:
• Coastal Woodland Rehabilitation, being delivered by the Mornington Environment Association and
subgroup Friends of Mills Beach,
• Moving Forward – Building BERG Mt Martha’s Capacity to Grow, being delivered by the Balcombe
Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha,
• Re-vegetation of Beleura Cliff Path – Stage Three, being delivered by the Friends of Beleura Cliff Path,
and
• Habitat rehabilitation on French Island’s south coast, being delivered by the French Island Landcare
Group Inc.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“Mornington Peninsula and French Island are so lucky to have so many dedicated non-profit organisations
and volunteers who are passionate about looking after our coastal environments for the benefit of their local communities.”

“Additional funding has allowed us to support the hard work of even more groups this year, ensuring our
coast is protected and preserved for future generations.”

For a full list of grant recipients, visit: https://marineandcoasts.vic.gov.au/coastcare