Community Grants Projects
The Authority administers three sets of Community Grants to local organisations and community groups throughout the region. These are the:
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The Victorian Landcare Grants for 2018-2019 have been announced. Recipients have received funding for the following projects.
Bruthen and District Landcare Group Bruthen Rail Trail Rehabilitation and Enhancement
The project continues the Group’s work to progressively revegetate sections of the East Gippsland Rail Trail in and around Bruthen township, specifically linking sections previously rehabilitated. Removal of existing weed infestations and replanting a variety of indigenous shrubs, grasses and trees will be undertaken during working bees organised by the Group.
Eastwood Landcare Group Revegetation and Weed Treatment Project
The Eastwood Landcare Group aim to continue a program of weed control and the planting of locally grown indigenous species in an establishing warm temperature rainforest bordering high value wetland areas that are a tributaries of Clifton Creek and the lower Mitchell River. Work is planned to manage and control invasive plant species, restore remnant vegetation & increase biodiversity, promote habitat for fauna and birdlife and reduce sediment and nutrients from entering the Gippsland Lakes.
East Gippsland Landcare Network Sustainable Agriculture
This project will enable primary producers to undertake and adopt effective practices that increase sustainable farming landscapes, by aiming to match land type, rainfall, feed quality and availability to stock grazing pressure.
East Gippsland Landcare Network Plains Grassy Woodlands and Forest Revegetation Projects
This project will engage with the community to raise the awareness of the significance of Plains Grassy Woodland, a nationally endangered ecological vegetation community; as well as carry out on ground environmental revegetation works to increase geographic distribution, improve species diversity and protect an existing remnant stand of this community.
Far East Victorian Landcare Protecting Gunns Creek
Gunns Creek in Jarrahmond has seen a lot of mechanical works and revegetation carried out on it’s banks over the past 20 years. Recently a landholder on the Snowy Flats identified the beginnings of some new sites where erosion was taking place and where past works were being undermined. This project will see the landholder plant 7,000 native tubestock to augment these works.
Far East Victorian Landcare Improving soil health and biodiversity
This project aims to continue to support landholders through on-ground activities incorporating remnant protection in order to mitigate gully erosion and the planting/augmentation of several shelterbelts, along with 100 indigenous use plants for educational purposes.
Friends of the Upper Nicholson Catchment Inc. FUNCi's fauna foray
This group will develop a citizen science environmental monitoring program to survey threats to the biodiversity of the area culminating in the development of a pest management plan. The project aims to build local community capacity through the monitoring of feral pests and the animals they predate and share their experiences with the broader Landcare community.
Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare War on weeds
Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare have been working tirelessly for many years in their local area to target invasive weeds. This project sees them continue this work, undertaking further weed control across 30 hectares of wetlands and reserves. The group work in recently revegetated areas to prevent weeds taking over the area and prohibiting the new vegetation from establishing.
Snowy West Landcare Group Managing Opuntioid Cacti at Newmerella
This project aims to eradicate an infestation of Opuntioid cactus (a weed of National Significance) on a steep hillside adjacent to the East Gippsland Rail Trail at Newmerella. The project will involve best management practice and GPS mapping for follow-up and increase public awareness of the risks these plants pose.
The Victorian Landcare Grants for 2017-2018 will close at the end of 2018. Recipients have received funding for the following projects.
Bruthen and District Landcare Group Bruthen Rail Trail Rehabilitation and Enhancement
The rail trail is an important community asset and creates a link between new residential developments and the township of Bruthen. This project continues previous work along the rail trail and links previously rehabilitated sections. The group will undertake the removal of existing weed infestations and plant a variety of indigenous shrubs, grasses and trees.
East Gippsland Landcare Network Digging in the dirt
This project will deliver revegetation and regeneration within the East Gippsland Landcare Networks area of care. It will also enable primary producers to undertake and adopt effective on ground works that increase sustainable farming landscapes through activities that aim to match land type, rainfall and feed availability to stocking rates.
East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network Martins Creek Rainforest Recovery 4.0
Martins Creek Rainforest is a national site of significance which has been severely impacted by wildfire and the invasion of noxious weeds. The East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network will use a collaborative approach, working with community and partner agencies, continuing to rehabilitate the area to ensure the best possible recovery.
Far East Victoria Landcare Improving Soil Health and Biodiversity in Far East Gippsland
Far East Victoria Landcare is aiming to increase ground cover and to improve soil health and biodiversity across the landscape. The protection of existing vegetation (including paddock trees) and the planting of shelterbelts provide a multitude of productivity and biodiversity benefits for farming industries and the wider community. Grazing management and land class fencing enable more efficient pasture use which can lead to increased ground cover.
Friends of Mallacoota Gabo Island Rehabilitation
Working in collaboration with Parks Victoria, Friends of Mallacoota will contribute to the rehabilitation project on Gabo Island, thriteen kilometres off the coast of Mallacoota. The project aims to follow up work undertaken by Parks Victoria to control African Boxthorn and target other significant weed species as appropriate. ln addition, the project will map rare or threatened species to contribute information that can be used by Park managers and assist with park planning.
Jarrahmond Landcare Group Jarrahmond Linkages 10
The Jarrahmond Landcare Group will build on previous projects to his project to undertake fencing and revegetation works on a range of sites. The aim is to build a corridor of shelterbelts to protect remnant vegetation and assist with erosion mitigation.
Raymond Island Landcare Group The View
Raymond Island landcare Group will receive funding to undertake weed control and revegetation works at The View, on the eastern boundary of Raymond Island. All works will be undertaken by members of Raymond lsland Landcare Group and the GLaWAC Natural Resource Management works crew.
These projects are funded by the Victorian Government's Victorian Landcare Grants.
Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group Port Of Bairnsdale Rehabilitation
This project aims to expand the group’s current knowledge and expertise and ‘broaden their horizons’. By supplementing working bees with the professional assistance of contractors, the much-needed tasks that the group cannot do can be completed, enabling the group to continue revegetating the old Port of Bairnsdale site.
Dargo Landcare Group Orrs Creek Restoration
Continuing from previous years weed control and revegetation on three creeks around the township, current funding will focus works in the Orr’s Creek area.
Eastwood landcare Group Granite Creek Revegetation
Eastwood Landcare Group has 3 sites on public land within the Eastwood urban perimeter that it maintains in partnership with the East Gippsland Shire Council. The aim of this project is to continue the program of planting locally grown indigenous species in the warm temperate rainforest that is establishing along Tulaba’s Track. Funding for this project will be to manage and control invasive plant species and continue to restore remnant vegetation.
Friends of Picnic Point Picnic Point Reserve
Friends of Picnic Point will be focussing their work around a lagoon coming off the Mitchell River, which is predominantly covered in Willows and other invasive species. Funding has been provided for willow removal and the revegetation of the banks of the lagoon with native plants.The group will continue to maintain weed removal along the banks of the waterway.
Goongerah Landcare Group Jenson's Creek Rainforest Restoration
The Goongerah Landcare Group will work in collaboration with the East GippslandRainforest Conservation Management Network and Parks Victoria to remove noxious weeds from the area. This project compliments work being undertaken downstream on Martin's Creek with the aim of eradicating the weeds as seedlings.
Nagle College Landcare Nagle College Rainforest Project
The Nagle College Rainforest Project is re-instating nationally threatened vegetation classes of Warm Temperate Rainforest and Gallery Rainforest on a riparian site at the school. This project provides an exceptional educational opportunity for the college community of students, staff and parents to demonstrate stewardship of their local natural environment. On ground works include revegetation and weed control.
Swifts Creek Landcare Group Weeding on the Tambo
The Swifts Creek Landcare Group have received funding to maintain weed control along the Tambo River riparian frontages around the Ensay township. This project continues on from previous works designed to target invasive weeds, primarily blackberries on the river.
These projects are funded by the Victorian Government's Regional Riparian Action Plan Grants.