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Coalition helps local groups tackle weeds, pests

11 September 2014

Eleven groups in the Goulburn Broken region will share in more than $125,000 in funding from the Victorian Coalition Government, The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said today.

Ms Ryan said the funding would help local groups carry out on-ground environmental projects to boost the health of the region's land and waterways.

“Weed and pests are a significant issue across the Euroa electorate, particularly where there are absentee landholders,” Ms Ryan said.

“Local Landcare groups have also told me that they are facing significant weed problems following the Kilmore-Mickelham bushfires.

“This funding will help curtail problem weeds and pests like gorse, blackberry and rabbits which are detrimental to agricultural productivity and the natural environment.”

Ms Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government was also providing groups and networks access to a share of $20,000 to ensure a strong Landcare base and enable volunteers to focus on their hands-on environment role.

Projects include:

  • Warrenbayne Boho Land Protection Group - $8,000 to undertake blackberry control in the Warrenbayne area;
  • Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network - $15,00 to engage absentee and new landowners;
  • Goulburn Murray Landcare Network - $15,580 to provide land management information to new landholders;
  • Creighton’s Creek Landcare Group - $5,000 to undertake fencing and revegetation along Creighton’s Creek;
  • Granite Creeks Project Inc (Euroa) - $17,000 to control rabbits and blackberries in the Gooram Valley;
  • Molyullah Tatong Land Protection Group - $10,000 to control of blackberries, gorse and emerging weeds such as Chilean Needle Grass;
  • Balmattum Sheans Creek Landcare Group - $5,000 to control blackberry and gorse in the Balmattum Sheens Creek area;
  • Euroa Aboretum - $10,000 to provide environmental education to the schools in Euroa and Violet Town;
  • South West Goulburn Landcare Network - $15,000 to provide land management information to new landholders;
  • Glenaroua Land Management Group - $8,000 to plant vegetation corridors in the Mt Piper area; and
  • Sunday Creek/Sugarloaf Sub-catchments Inc - $17,000 to control gorse in the Willowmavin area affected by the February 2014 fires.

Ms Ryan said The Nationals were committed to supporting local volunteer groups, such as Landcare, who were vital to delivering on-ground projects.

“Our local Landcare volunteers make an important contribution in protecting and enhancing our environment across the Goulburn region,” Ms Ryan said.

“This funding will give Landcare groups across the Goulburn Broken catchment the support they need for projects on public and private land.

“Each project shows a strong commitment to improving the environment for the benefit of the community and demonstrates the inspiring volunteer spirit that is at the very heart of Landcare.

 “These groups contribute to our environmental knowledge, improve environmental outcomes and make a true difference in their local communities. 

Ms Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government was investing more than $2 million across Victoria through the Victorian Landcare Grants program.

“I look forward to seeing the positive environmental outcomes these passionate groups will deliver for their communities,” Ms Ryan said.

Funding will be distributed through the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) with projects due for completion by the end of 2015.

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