Community groups invited to apply for Banksia Woodland Grants

7 March 2014

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Community groups interested in restoring banksia woodland in the greater Perth area are being invited to apply for funding to help enhance the habitat of rare species. 

Albert Jacob said $300,000 was available under the Banksia Woodlands Restoration Program to assist volunteers manage and conserve important bushland. 

“We are asking local groups to help restore banksia woodland in areas dominated by weeds which will improve habitat for wildflowers and native animals,” Mr Jacob said. 

“The project will have a major role in reversing habitat loss and managing threats to banksia woodland in Perth over the next two years, particularly for the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo.” 

Grants range between $5000 and $20,000 for projects undertaken between 1 June 2014 and 30 September 2016, with funding supplied in two instalments and administered by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. 

“Some examples of suitable projects include weed management, revegetation works, fencing to limit vehicle access and grazing, Phytophthora dieback assessment and treatment and management of pest animals.” 

Minister Jacob launched the grant program last week at a special event to mark the 21st birthday of the Friends of Hepburn Heights and Pinnaroo group, which has used previous grants to help restore the park’s banksia woodland. 

“The wonderful work the Friends of Hepburn Heights and Pinnaroo group has carried out is a great example of how other groups can help restore important bushland,” Mr Jacob said.