February 21, 2022

The Corangamite CMA is delighted to announce that the deployment of feral cat detection dogs is just one of the 10 successful projects we have been able fund to as part of Round 2 of the Australian Government's $1M Community Environment Grants Program. 

Yesterday Susan Ley officially announced an array of projects that will receive funding under the $140,000 Round 2 Community Environment Grants Program.

"The Otways are unfortunately falling victim to a large feral cat population preying on the native animals that call the area home," Minister Ley said. 

“One of the successful projects is utilising feral cat detection dogs to help researchers gather information across the Otways.  

“The outcomes of their research will be used to inform future management strategies for land managers," Minister Ley said. 

Caption: The Conservation Ecology Centre received $19,700 for the employment of conservation detection dogs like Sonny pictured above.

The program will continue supporting Otways hinterland and coastal environments along the Great Ocean Road and benefitting species such as the Swamp Antechinus, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Otway Black-snail, Grey Goshawk and the iconic Platypus. 
Caption: Endemic to the Otways, the Black Otway-snail is a carnivorous air-breathing partially nocturnal land snail. Credit: ABC Australia

Additional projects funded involve the restoration of wetlands, creek and stream-side habitats, the management of invasive weeds, local stock exclusion fencing, and re-vegetation using native seedlings in certain areas. 
Caption: From right to left is Mick Loughnan (property owner and volunteer), Roger Ganly (ANGAIR member and project manager) and Alex (volunteer) with a sign they had made from the Community Environment Grants Program funding.

Local environment group ANGAIR received a grant of $50,519 in 2021 through Round 1 of the Community Environment Grants Program (CEGP) to rehabilitate and protect the Painkalac Valley. 

Through Round 2 of the CEGP we have been able to provide an additional $16,310 to fund rehabilitation of a further 1.2 hectares of Crown land along the eastern riparian edge of the Painkalac Creek an area home to several nationally listed threatened species and abundant bird life.

A detailed list of all the successful grant recipients and projects can be viewed here:

This project is supported by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Australian Government's Environment Restoration Fund.
This project will run until 2023.

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