The Community Environment Grants Program being delivered as part of the Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative is a $1 million investment to support the delivery of projects to protect and restore native plants, wildlife, and coastal environments in the area between Bells Beach to Peterborough, and the Otways hinterland.

The Initiative comprises of six projects, with funds being distributed to support the following areas:

  • Community Environment Grants Program (Investment Stream 1)
  • Five Commissioned Sub-Projects (Investment Stream 2)

The Wild Otways Initiative focuses on projects being undertaken in the areas from Jan Juc/Bells Beach to Peterborough, the Great Otway National Park, and hinterlands, and will be delivered through to June 2023.

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Projects that are being supported include the following areas:

  • Indigenous revegetation and supporting activities (plant propagation and fencing where directly related to and proportional to the benefits of revegetation activities);
  • Weed and pest animal control (except those activities outlined in ‘What will not be funded’ section below)
  • Fencing and access track construction or improvement works that protect or manage environmental values; and
  • Other habitat improvement works.

A total of $1 million is available over the life of the program, with individual grants of between $5,000 to $50,000 per year (ex GST) for up to 2 years duration being available to eligible groups.

Successful Projects Announced

We’re excited to announce $855,000 worth of applications have been currently approved. View the list of approved projects below.

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ApplicantProject TitleGrant amount
Wye to Wongarra LandcareTrees for Tawnys$6,860.00
Hordern Vale Glenaire Landcare GroupConnecting the fragments and Otway wet forest and coastal dune biolinks$43,605.40
ANGAIR IncMoonah woodland revegetation at Fairyland Nature Reserve on the Anglesea River$11,970.00
ANGAIR IncRehabilitation and protection of Painkalac Valley terrestrial wetland and habitat for threatened species$50,519.00
Barongarook Landcare GroupCommunity groups restoring a fifty kilometre Central Otway wildlife corridor, the Old Beechy Rail Trail$83,105.00
Upper Barwon Landcare NetworkRestoring the headwaters of the Yan Yan Gurt creek$45,716.00
ANGAIR IncBlackwattle Track woody weed removal$23,080.00
Upper Barwon Landcare NetworkHabitat restoration in the Pennyroyal Valley$93,429.00
Upper Barwon Landcare NetworkProtecting and rehabilitating water sources and remnant bushland in the Gerangamete region$72,746.30
Heytesbury District Landcare NetworkSherbrooke River corridors: protection, propagation and revegetation$48,096.00
Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail Committee of ManagementControl of exotic weeds to enhance biodiversity and protect indigenous species and communities.$29,390.00
Binnawee Co-operative LtdRevegetation of the Wild Dog Creek in Binnawee property$15,487.00
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkA trial floral diversification of a historic revegetation project in Apollo Bay$41,250.00
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkSouthern Otway Landcare Network – Wongarra revegetation project, 2021-2023$24,200.00
Conservation Ecology CentreEnsuring habitat for the Leafy Greenhood Orchid$36,450.00
Friends of Eastern OtwaysEnvironmental weed control Moggs Creek, Great Otway National Park and coastal reserve$13,157.75
Surf Coast inland Plains Landcare NetworkProtecting biodiversity in the Surf Coast hinterland$22,040.00
Port Campbell Public Purpose ReservePort Campbell Biolinks Project$27,460.00
Forrest & District Community GroupForrest holly removal and indigenous revegetation – Hennigan Cres$22,413.00
East Otway LandcareHabitat regeneration in the Bambra bushland$8,541.00
Trust for NatureWorking together to enhance wet forest habitat in Apollo Bay.$26,026.00
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkThe Barham River Restoration Project$92,383.50
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkAfrican Weed Orchid (Disa bracteata) Eradication on the Marengo Airstrip$17,875.00

Grant application were assessed by our Corangamite CMA Grant Assessment Panel. 

This Panel considered the contribution of a project in terms of:

  • Environment outcomes, including the protection and restoration of native plants, wildlife and coastal environments.
  • Community participation and community benefit.
  • Project design and applicant capacity to deliver.
  • Budget and value for money (including in-kind contributions).


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This project is support by the Corangamite CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund. This project will run until 2023.