19 January 2016… Local Landcare groups and farmers will share in over $141,000 in community environment grants for natural resource management projects administered by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Federal Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie MP, said the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council has a proven track record in managing projects that consistently deliver good environmental outcomes across the Peel and south west regions.
“Over the coming months, the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council will support local groups to carry out important on-ground works to address some of the crucial environmental issues facing the region,” he said.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chairman Andy Gulliver said the projects chosen will help protect the Ramsar listed Peel-Yalgorup wetlands and threatened ecological communities through weed and Phytophthora dieback management, revegetation, and habitat protection for endangered species such as the Forest Red-tailed and Carnaby’s black cockatoos.
“National Landcare Programme funding supports local Landcare networks and other community-based groups to help restore local ecosystems and protect natural assets so the local community can to enjoy the long-term benefits,” he said.
The PHCC will work with community NRM partners Harvey River Restoration Taskforce, Murray Districts Aboriginal Association, Landcare SJ and Peel-Harvey farmers on projects that include actions to improve habitat values and ecological linkages in Harvey River, revitalise Binjareb Park, enhance reserves in Byford and Mundijong and improve resilience in threatened communities in Serpentine and North Dandalup.
These projects are supported by PHCC through funding from the Australian Government which is investing $1 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme. This includes more than $450 million directed in regional funding through to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.
The announced grants are part of Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s commitment to invest over 20 per cent of its National Landcare Programme funding to help support local projects such as these as well as other local community engagement activities.
For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to www.nrm.gov.au
Media Contact: Annette Brown, Communications Co-Ordinator, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, firstname.lastname@example.org , (08) 6369 8800