Nature’s carers land funding

Local community Landcare groups will continue to work to protect the environment and threatened species with the help of recent funding. 

UCLN President Alan Denehey, Ashbourne Landcare President Robin Allen, Woodend Landcare President Kate Daniel and UCLN Vice President Sophie Bickford hear advice from grasslands ecologist Paul Foreman. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

UCLN President Alan Denehey, Ashbourne Landcare President Robin Allen, Woodend Landcare President Kate Daniel and UCLN Vice President Sophie Bickford hear advice from grasslands ecologist Paul Foreman. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) received $204,211 in the latest round of Biodiversity On Ground Action Grants. 

Around $46,000 will be used to gather data on vulnerable animals in the region. 

Powerful Owls, Greater Gliders and the Brush Tailed Phascogale have been listed as vulnerable under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act. 

The threatened Powerful Owls will be one of the species surveyed as part of a Citizen Science Project undertaken by UCLN which was recently funded as part of the  Biodiversity On Ground Action Grants. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

The threatened Powerful Owls will be one of the species surveyed as part of a Citizen Science Project undertaken by UCLN which was recently funded as part of the Biodiversity On Ground Action Grants. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

Building a data base on these threatened species is considered a step toward implementing protection measures. 

UCLN Facilitator Sandy Scheltema said the funding will help volunteers continue to work to protect threatened species.

“This funding enables our member groups to continue carrying out the wonderful work they are doing in caring for our environment,” she said.  

“All these important projects align with the UCLN Strategic Plan and will help our volunteers continue to work towards protecting our precious environment, including threatened species.”

Trentham and District Landcare also received $50,000 in the funding round. 

The group will continue to work to improve the condition of Coliban River. The funding will be used to fence the river between Enders Bridge and Trentham Falls to encourage re-vegetation of native flora .

Ashbourne Landcare, The Campaspe River and Land Management Group, and Friends of Bald Hill Reserve also received funding. 

MP Lily D’Ambrosio announced a total of $4 million over four years for 110 community projects to protect threatened flora and fauna.