Three local environmental groups are to receive more than $95,000 each under the NSW Government’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program.
Goulburn MP Pru Goward made the announcement, saying the funding would “help protect and preserve our local environment for future generations”.
A stretch of the Yass River will be restored for fish and wildlife habitat, sediment reduction, vegetation regeneration and a boost to biodiversity. The Australian River Restoration Centre will receive $99,954 for this project.
Bowning and Bookham District Landcare will receive $99,650 to help establish 30 to 50 ‘habitat hops’ (tree plots) to encourage wildlife back to a previously cleared landscape and to protect box gum woodland remnants.
The Boorowa Community Landcare Group will be working on revegetation corridors. They will also return aquatic plants to Pudman Creek catchment waterways in a bid to provide additional protection for the Pygmy Perch and habitat for their food source.
For these two projects they will be funded $95,601.
Boorowa Community Landcare chairperson Kathy McGuirk said that without the grant, “we wouldn’t be able to make contact with specialists like Luke Pearce, who’s with the NSW DPI Fisheries area.
“Now we’ve actually got some money ... to do something.”
Ms McGuirk has been a Landcare advocate for the past 10 years, and “set about learning how to grow native plants … to improve the landscape so my daughter would truly appreciate her inheritance.”