In 2015-16, the Grants funded 7 projects to improve catchment health and conservation outcomes to the value of $185,000. The successful project proponents and projects were:
Southern ACT Catchment Group
- Gudgenby River Catchment Woody Weed Works Project - $48,000
This project focuses on-on-ground removal of widespread and dense woody weed infestations. It will help restore the landscape, and strengthen biodiversity and conservation values of a much degraded landscape.
- Improving Biodiversity and Water Quality in the Cotter Riparian Zone Project - $17,900
This project will restore a disturbed landscape to a native open woodland vegetation structure through the removal of invasive weeds and the reintroduction of native flora. It enhances biodiversity and ecosystem health, combats erosion and impacts positively on water quality.
- Connecting Revegetation Works along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor Project - $14,950
This project will progress restoration work along the Murrumbidgee River riparian corridor at Castle hill. It also will enhance connectivity of threatened Yellow Box-Red Gum Woodland communities, and ecological health and biodiversity in the area.
ACT Herpetological Association
- Enabling, informing and empowering citizen science and on-ground conservation by consolidating and expanding Canberra Nature Map Project - $39,200
Canberra Nature Map (CNM) is a community driven project which has successfully integrated citizen science and on-ground conservation efforts. The project will expand the scope of CNM to include herpetofauna (frogs, turtles, lizards and snakes), birds and butterflies.
Ginninderra Catchment Group
- Restoring Connectivity in the Ginninderra Catchment Project - $27,005
This project will restore a degraded grassland landscape and enhance connectivity between threatened native temperate grasslands and Box-Gum woodlands. The project uses a collaborative approach with the Mulanggang Traditional Aboriginal Landcare Group, Green Army and volunteers to deliver culturally and environmentally appropriate on-ground restoration of the landscape.
Molonglo Catchment Group
- Riparian Land Recovery in Lower Molonglo Nature Reserve Project - $34,000
This project will rehabilitate a degraded riparian corridor landscape, and builds on work previously undertaken in the surrounding area. It will focus on the removal of invasive weeds, reintroduction of native vegetation, enhancement of biodiversity and native habitat, and strengthening connectivity It also is likely to have positive flow on effects on water quality.
- Enhancing the Biodiversity Value of Block 2 Section 128 Yarralumla – building Ngunnawal engagement in natural resource management Project. - $3945.00
This project restores the understorey of threatened remnant native woodland and a threatened population of the nationally listed Button Wrinklewort. It involves working closely with representative traditional owners, Friends of Grassland, Greening Australia and community volunteers. Southern ACT Catchment Group Connecting Revegetation Works along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor Project