Grants for conservation
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.