Ky Landcare bogged no more

By Kyabram Free Press

KYABRAM Landcare will be bogged no more thanks to a $2000 grant from the state government.

President Brian Freemantle said the cash will be used to lay gravel along the most heavily used track at Ern Miles Reserve, to the group's supply shed.

“A few years ago one of our members got stuck down there and we are hoping this new gravel sheeting will make the track accessible in all weather conditions,” he said.

“GV Water have been decommissioning the channel at the reserve so it's been busier than Bourke St and the ground has really taken a beating.”

Local Landcare groups have shared in more than $250,000 to carry out environmental projects that improve biodiversity and land health across the catchment.

Each year, the Victorian Government offers landcare grants through a competitive grants process run by their catchment management authorities.

This year, the government has allocated, through catchment management authorities, $2.8 million to more than 500 groups.

In the north central region, 65 applicants were successful, with 18 project grants and 47 support grants funded.

“Every group that applied must be congratulated for their commitment to their communities and their environment, as, yet again, the quality of the projects seeking funding was impressive,” North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) regional Landcare coordinator Tess Grieves said.

“The additional funding almost doubled the successful projects this year and extends greater support to Landcare groups and the local communities’ priority environmental projects.”.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the grants are helping to implement the government's long-term biodiversity plan.“Our volunteers are invaluable, and these grants will allow them to continue to make a significant difference at a grassroots level,” she said.

“Landcare has been an institution in Victoria for the past 30 years and this funding boost will ensure it continues to make a significant contribution to both the environment and the economy.”