Community Grants Projects

The Authority administers Community Grants to local organisations and community groups throughout the region. These are the:

1. Victorian Landcare Grants 2018-19

2. Regional Riparian Action Plan Grants

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Victorian Landcare Grants 2018-2019

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.


Regional Ripaprian Action Plan 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.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.