Land­care money flow­ing into Sandy Creek re­gion

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

SANDY Creek, Bar­jarg, is set to un­dergo a sig­nif­i­cant re­newal af­ter Mans­field’s Land­care Al­liance re­ceived a $42,000 grant to re­store the creek area near Lake Nil­lah­cootie last week.

The funds were an­nounced as part of a swag of State Gov­ern­ment grants for lo­cal community groups to pro­tect and fur­ther en­hance lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity.

Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) last week an­nounced the fund­ing as part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s $4 mil­lion ‘Community and Vol­un­teer Ac­tion Grants’.

Ms Symes said lo­cal community ini­tia­tives through­out North­ern Vic­to­ria were re­ceiv­ing fund­ing to help pro­tect, im­prove and ex­pand habi­tats for Vic­to­ria’s na­tive plants and an­i­mals and con­trib­ute to the tar­gets in the gov­ern­ment’s Bio­di­ver­sity Plan Bio­di­ver­sity 2037 - Pro­tect­ing Vic­to­ria’s En­vi­ron­ment.

“Many North­ern Vic­to­rian com­mu­ni­ties are al­ready hard at work pro­tect­ing and restor­ing Vic­to­ria’s unique nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, and these grants will fur­ther as­sist in the pro­tec­tion and enhancement of lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity,” Ms Symes said.

“These community group ef­forts are mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence.

“In the last year many ded­i­cated lo­cal community groups in North­ern Vic­to­ria helped to re­duce threats and im­prove the sur­vival of threat­ened species.”

Ms Symes praised Mans­field’s Land­care network, Up2Us Land­care Al­liance, for the network’s un­canny knack of con­tin­u­ally un­earthing gov­ern­ment grants to safe­guard and im­prove Mans­field’s en­vi­ron­ment.

“With re­spect to the Land­care network in Mans­field, they do such a phe­nom­e­nal job,” Ms Symes said.

“Mans­field must have fan­tas­tic grant writ­ers.

“If all com­mu­ni­ties had as an ef­fec­tive and ac­tive Land­care network as Mans­field, now that would be fan­tas­tic.”

Pro­ject of­fi­cer at Mans­field’s Up2Us Land­care Al­liance, Kim Mag­nay, said the money will lead to sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal progress along Sandy Creek.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic to re­ceive a grant,” Ms Mag­nay said.

“We hope to as­sist land­hold­ers with works along the creek line, re­duc­ing ero­sion, and im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity flow­ing into the lake.”

The pro­ject will also look to pro­mote bio­di­ver­sity through en­cour­ag­ing the plant­ing of the Sil­ver Banksia and nest boxes for the Brush-tailed Phasco­gale to the area.

“Up2Us hopes that this pro­ject will com­ple­ment the pre­vi­ous work done by the Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity in rein­tro­duc­ing the Sil­ver Banksia to this area,” Ms Mag­nay said.

“We are also fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing habi­tat for the Brush- tailed Phasco­gale.

“The Phasco­gale is a shy noc­tur­nal crea­ture and sight­ings are rare.

“We look for­ward to how this pro­ject may sup­port the plant and an­i­mal ecosys­tems in and sur­round­ing this area.”

HAPPY DAYS: Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) (left) met with Mans­field’s Up2Us Land­care fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ker­stie Lee to an­nounce a grant of $42,000 for a habi­tat restora­tion of Sandy Creek.

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