Banksia woodland grant recipients announced

30 May 2014

Twenty community conservation projects will share funding of $302,696 to help restore banksia woodland and enhance the habitat of rare species in the greater Perth area.

Albert Jacob today announced the 16 community groups that successfully applied to the State Government’s Perth Banksia Woodland Community Restoration Grants.

 “I’m delighted to see so many community groups applied for this funding to help manage and conserve important bushland around the greater Perth area,” Mr Jacob said.

 “Half of this $302,696 funding will support projects that will create new Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat through the revegetation of damaged areas. The remainder will assist groups to protect high conservation value banksia woodland from the threats of weed invasion, feral animals and dieback.

 “The projects, which will get under way from June, will have a major role in reversing the loss of habitat of our native birds and animals, such as the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo.”

 Grants awarded range between $5,000 and $20,000, with projects taking place over more than two years, ending in September 2016. The first instalment of funding has been supplied to successful groups by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, with the second instalment due in October 2015.

 “Last March, I had the opportunity to meet with the Friends of Hepburn Heights and Pinnaroo Bushland and saw first-hand how they used previous grants for their tremendous work on bushland restoration.  I am thrilled they have received a grant for $18,540 to continue their important weed control work,” the Minister said.

 “Other successful groups include the Baldivis Children’s Forest which received $18,000 for their work on the Baldivis Banksia Woodland Wonderland, and Serpentine-Jarrahdale Community Landcare Centre which received $47,755 for four projects.”