Extra $132,543 in Local Environmental Grants
The State Government is providing $132,543 in environmental grants through Ku-ring-gai Council for St Ives Chase and the St Ives Showground, Member for Davidson, Mr Jonathan O’Dea, announced today.
The funding grants are part of the NSW Government’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program, which encourages and enables organisations to protect, conserve and restore the state’s environment.
“These grants will help protect and preserve our local environment for future generations,” Mr Jonathan O’Dea said.
The first local project received $63,500 to restore, consolidate and connect 1.3 hectares of fragmented, degraded Duffys Forest ecology at the St Ives Showground.
Mr O’Dea said, “The 180,000 annual Showground visitors will also be able to better interpret and appreciate the site’s natural beauty through new educational signage.”
The second project will restore the Warrimoo Coastal upland swamp in St Ives Chase, with $69,043 in funding for initiatives such as track rehabilitation, regeneration, runoff management and community education.
More than 50 grants were awarded across NSW with 25 going to community groups and 27 to state and local government agencies for a range of habitat and ecosystem restoration projects.
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said this year’s grants enabled local groups to undertake important conservation work to improve the health of the state’s rivers and wetlands, control invasive species and conserve our threatened native plants and animals.
“The NSW Government has been supporting local organisations to conserve the state’s diverse bushland, wildlife and heritage for more than two decades through this program,” Ms Upton said.
For more details visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm