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Up to $150,000 is now available to local groups and organisations working to help the landscape and wildlife recover from the summer bushfires.

Local MP Darren Chester wants community and conservation groups, indigenous organisations and local councils in Gippsland to put up their hand for a grant from the Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grant Program.

“This funding program is an important way to get local bushfire recovery projects underway that directly benefit our native flora and fauna,” Mr Chester said.

“There are many hard-working people across our region who dedicate their time and energy for caring for the bush and our waterways and the many creatures who live there.

“Local people know our region well and are ideally placed to get targeted bushfire rehabilitation projects up and running.”

The Federal Government has allocated up to $10 million to the grant program. It’s part of the government’s $200 million investment in the recovery of wildlife and habitat affected by the bushfires.

Applicants can apply for amounts between $5000 and $150,000 to undertake eligible projects. These include

  • providing supplementary shelter, nest boxes and artificial hollows
  • controlling pest animals
  • controlling of invasive weeds (including through indigenous fire management practices)
  • collecting seeds and propagating native plants for use in revegetation
  • revegetating burnt areas using native plants, and
  • regenerating or protecting sensitive areas, including waterways.

The program will run over two years to help local communities deliver bushfire recovery for their local environment, and support broader long-term recovery and resilience.

Applications will be assessed according to how projects will help the recovery of bushfire-affected native flora and fauna, and the capacity, capability and resources of applicants to deliver the project.

Projects must be completed by April 1, 2022. For details, visit https://www.business.gov.au/brwhc

Applications close November 27, 2020.

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