ACT Environment Grants and Community Gardens Grants

Recipients of the 2015-16 ACT Environment Grants

Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced the recipients of the 2015-16 ACT Environment Grants on 29 September 2015.

This year the ACT Government Environment Grants are funding 7 projects to improve catchment health and conservation outcomes to the value of $185,000. The successful project proponents and projects are:

  • Southern ACT Catchment Group - $48,000 to undertake woody weed removal and landscape restoration in the Gudgenby River Catchment
  • Southern ACT Catchment Group - $17,900 to improve connectivity, biodiversity and water quality in the Cotter region
  • Southern ACT Catchment Group - $14,950 to enhance connectivity of threatened Yellow Box-Red Gum woodland communities along the Murrumbidgee River  corridor at Castle Hill
  • Ginninderra Catchment Group - $27,005 to restore threatened natural temperate grasslands and Box-Gum woodlands in the Ginninderra Catchment
  • Molonglo Catchment Group - $34,000 to rehabilitate degraded riparian landscapes and reintroduce native vegetation in the Lower Molonglo region
  • Molonglo Catchment Group - $3945 to restore the understorey of threatened remnant native woodland and a threatened population of the nationally listed Button Wrinklewort in Yarralumla
  • ACT Herpetological Association - $39,200 to expand the scope of Canberra Nature Map to include herpetofauna (frogs, turtles, lizards and snakes), birds and butterflies.

About the ACT Environment Grants

Valuing, sustaining and improving the natural environment of Canberra is a key element of the ACT Government’s vision for a contemporary “Bush Capital”.  The priority for this year is for projects to contribute to achieving outcomes of the Nature Conservation Strategy.  Priorities include:

  • Enhancing habitat connectivity and ecosystem function;
  • Managing threats to biodiversity, including weeds and pests, and improved catchment management to support aquatic ecosystems;
  • Protecting species and ecological communities, e.g. propagating and translocating threatened plants and establishing seed banks and seed orchards; and/or
  • Enhancing the biodiversity value of urban areas.

About the ACT Community Garden Grants

The ACT Community Gardens Grants are designed to support Community Gardens across Canberra that enhance community places and spaces. Funding is available for projects that support Community Gardens and meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Benefit to the wider community, for example, supply of food to disadvantaged people or promoting social cohesion and community health;
  • Encourage broad participation including from a diverse cross section of the community; and
  • Have a high level of community support, including volunteers and sponsorship.

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