Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon today announced that the Torquay Friends of Grass Tree Park will receive $5,625 as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $20 million Communities for Nature grants program.
The funds will go towards restoration works to improve the diversity and structure of the vegetation in the southern section of the Grass Tree Park through invasive weed removal.
“This important work will improve the habitat values of the Park through weed control to make fauna populations more resilient to the increasing pressures from surrounding developments and enhance the local environment,” Mr Katos said.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith highlighted the important role Victorian communities’ play in protecting our environment and delivering on-the-ground environmental works.
“Communities for Nature delivers on the Coalition Government’s election commitment to provide practical assistance to local communities so that they can improve, protect and conserve our environment,” Mr Smith said.
A total of 117 projects will be supported in this funding round. This includes funding of up to $10,000 for 58 small projects and funding between $10,000 and $150,000 for 59 large projects across the state.
“I congratulate community groups and land managers across Victoria for participating in this funding round and for their ongoing hard work in protecting our environment and delivering on-the-ground environmental works.
“We received more than 300 applications for this first round of grants and the high quality of those applications is yet another demonstration of the significant environmental works that are being carried out by community groups across Victoria,” Mr Smith said.
I looking forward to seeing the practical environmental outcomes from these works in the Torquay area,” Mr Katos said
For more information about the program, please visit www.dse.vic.gov.au/communitiesfornature