Funds to protect natural resources

Monitoring endangered dibblers in the Fitzgerald River National Park and training Indigenous rangers to protect threatened species' habitat around Eighty Mile Beach are among a range of projects funded by the State Government to protect Western Australia's natural resources.

Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis today announced 118 community projects as recipients of the 2016-17 State Natural Resource Management Program Community Action Grants made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

A total of $3.73 million will be distributed across the projects, supported by $6.26 million worth of funding and effort from the participating groups.

"These projects will make an enormous contribution across the State in protecting our unique native plants, wildlife and landscapes, especially in remote regions," Mr Lewis said.

Grant projects include:

  • Post bush fire weed control and protection of heritage sites near Esperance
  • Protecting endangered numbats in the Warren Region
  • Training aboriginal rangers in weed control in the Pilbara
  • Stabilising dunes at Woodman Point
  • Eradication of cactus at Wydgee Station and Oldfield River
  • Community monitoring of whale sharks in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area
  • Improving the habitat of the critically endangered Western Swamp Tortoise
  • Eradicating feral pigs at Lake Muir and Chittering Valley
  • Removing rubber vine along the Fitzroy River
  • Controlling feral cats in Perth's western suburbs bushland
  • Monitoring of endangered dibblers in Fitzgerald River National Park
  • Training Indigenous rangers to protect threatened species' habitat around Eighty Mile Beach, including the greater bilby and marsupial mole.

Mr Lewis said the grants ranged from $5,000 to $55,000 and were part of a $24 million commitment over three years by the State Government towards management of the State's natural resources and environment.

"The grants support local decision making, enabling communities to do on-ground works that are vital to their local area and encourage their continued involvement in the initiative," he said.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was playing a key role in protecting the State's natural resources through its $2.99 million investment in the 2016-17 Community Action Grants.

"Regional WA is home to many of the State's natural resources and it's important to invest in maintaining and enhancing our diverse assets to bring great benefits to West Australians," Mr Redman said.

"Congratulations to all recipients. I look forward to seeing these projects contribute towards building sustainability in our regions."   

  • For the full list of projects, click here.
  • Community Capability Grants applications for small projects close on May 27, 2017, unless fully subscribed.
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