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.
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.
|Applicant||Project Title||Grant amount|
|Wye to Wongarra Landcare||Trees for Tawnys||$6,860.00|
|Hordern Vale Glenaire Landcare Group||Connecting the fragments and Otway wet forest and coastal dune biolinks||$43,605.40|
|ANGAIR Inc||Moonah woodland revegetation at Fairyland Nature Reserve on the Anglesea River||$11,970.00|
|ANGAIR Inc||Rehabilitation and protection of Painkalac Valley terrestrial wetland and habitat for threatened species||$50,519.00|
|Barongarook Landcare Group||Community groups restoring a fifty kilometre Central Otway wildlife corridor, the Old Beechy Rail Trail||$83,105.00|
|Upper Barwon Landcare Network||Restoring the headwaters of the Yan Yan Gurt creek||$45,716.00|
|ANGAIR Inc||Blackwattle Track woody weed removal||$23,080.00|
|Upper Barwon Landcare Network||Habitat restoration in the Pennyroyal Valley||$93,429.00|
|Upper Barwon Landcare Network||Protecting and rehabilitating water sources and remnant bushland in the Gerangamete region||$72,746.30|
|Heytesbury District Landcare Network||Sherbrooke River corridors: protection, propagation and revegetation||$48,096.00|
|Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail Committee of Management||Control of exotic weeds to enhance biodiversity and protect indigenous species and communities.||$29,390.00|
|Binnawee Co-operative Ltd||Revegetation of the Wild Dog Creek in Binnawee property||$15,487.00|
|Southern Otway Landcare Network||A trial floral diversification of a historic revegetation project in Apollo Bay||$41,250.00|
|Southern Otway Landcare Network||Southern Otway Landcare Network – Wongarra revegetation project, 2021-2023||$24,200.00|
|Conservation Ecology Centre||Ensuring habitat for the Leafy Greenhood Orchid||$36,450.00|
|Friends of Eastern Otways||Environmental weed control Moggs Creek, Great Otway National Park and coastal reserve||$13,157.75|
|Surf Coast inland Plains Landcare Network||Protecting biodiversity in the Surf Coast hinterland||$22,040.00|
|Port Campbell Public Purpose Reserve||Port Campbell Biolinks Project||$27,460.00|
|Forrest & District Community Group||Forrest holly removal and indigenous revegetation – Hennigan Cres||$22,413.00|
|East Otway Landcare||Habitat regeneration in the Bambra bushland||$8,541.00|
|Trust for Nature||Working together to enhance wet forest habitat in Apollo Bay.||$26,026.00|
|Southern Otway Landcare Network||The Barham River Restoration Project||$92,383.50|
|Southern Otway Landcare Network||African 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 supported by The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the
Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund