Landcare grants hitting the ground

The South West Catchments Council’s (SWCC) latest round of Strategic Groundworks funding is helping local Landcare groups make a difference to natural areas across the South West.

The Blackwood Basin Group (BBG) was awarded funding to support two Nannup community groups to undertake weed control and revegetation work at the Nannup Music Park, adjacent to the Blackwood River.

BBG spokesperson Kristen Mappin said the Friends of the Foreshore were a very committed group.

She said they met weekly to spray specific weeds and carry out revegetation works.

“The funds BBG has provided through this Program have been used to purchase chemicals and native seedlings,” Ms. Mappin said.

“It has also enabled the Friends of the Foreshore to leverage support from the Shire of Nannup and a community nursery in the form of site preparation works and tree guards.”

SWCC Program Manager Travis Drysdale was pleased SWCC could help support groups who are committed to improving biodiversity in their ‘patch’.

“SWCC is very happy to work with community groups who are committed to improving natural areas now and into the future.”

Over three years, SWCC’s Strategic Groundworks Program has provided funding to more than 13 community Landcare groups across the South West.

The funding aims to protect regional biodiversity and sites of ecological value through on ground works, and also support the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.

In addition, the funds help to build capacity within the local Landcare community through increased skills and knowledge.

The Program is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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