Grants for con­ser­va­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

With­out th­ese grants im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal work would not oc­cur, es­pe­cially in re­mote re­gions. Ken Bas­ton

Ex­mouth, Roe­bourne and Hed­land groups have re­ceived a share of nearly $4 mil­lion in com­mu­nity ac­tion grants to­wards con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Cape Con­ser­va­tion Group in Ex­mouth re­ceived $5000 to help with feral cat and fox con­trol and com­mu­nity education pro­grams.

Yind­jibarndi Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion gained $37,000 to go to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural as­set pro­tec­tion to be un­der­taken by in­dige­nous rangers.

Care For Hed­land re­ceived $15,000 to as­sist in safe­guard­ing tur­tle rook­ies and pro­tect­ing dune sys­tems.

The Ki­wirrkurra peo­ple through the Cen­tral Desert Na­tive Ti­tle Ser­vices were also granted $50,180 to con­trol feral cats in their re­mote area of WA.

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Ken Bas­ton said the 142 projects cho­sen would be sup­ported with $8.5 mil­lion worth of fund­ing and ef­fort from the par­tic­i­pat­ing groups.

“Th­ese projects con­serve and re­store unique ecosys­tems through­out WA,” Mr Bas­ton said.

“With­out th­ese grants im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal work would not oc­cur, es­pe­cially in re­mote re­gions.”

“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.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said Roy­al­ties for Re­gions was play­ing a key role in pro­tect­ing the State’s nat­u­ral re­sources through its $3.19 mil­lion in­vest­ment in the 2015-16 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,” he said.

Sev­eral other or­gan­i­sa­tions else­where in the North West were suc­cess­ful for pro­grams con­trol­ling weeds and feral an­i­mals, and help­ing rare species such as the bilby.

A to­tal of $165,000 was put to­wards three sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tions to con­trol rubber vine in the East Kim­ber­ley.

Marine pro­tec­tion and weed of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance eradication pro­grams in Carnar­von re­ceived nearly $50,000.

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