A total of 19 community groups and organisations from around the Northern Territory have been awarded $467,000 in community grant funding to carry out a range of projects with environmental and production benefits.
Not for profit organisation Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) runs the Community Grants program which this year focused on; helping to protect threatened species, supporting the adoption of sustainable practices, and getting the community involved in natural resource management activities.
The TNRM Community Grants Program is supported with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Funded projects include:
Top End region
A collaborative project between Berry Springs Primary School and the Territory Wildlife Park to build awareness about the threatened Atlas Moth, and raise moths for release into the wild.
A NT Seafood Council project to engage and work with the community towards a more sustainable Mud Crab Fishery.
An exchange program between the Mimal and Jawoyn Rangers to support learning and sharing of information about weed control and fire management.
A project to support rangers and scientists in their efforts to protect a population of the threatened Gouldian finch on the Wardaman Indigenous Protected Area.
Barkly and Central Australia
A Barkly Landcare project to deliver a grazing land management program to support sustainable practices in the region.
Two cat monitoring projects around Alice Springs that aim to build community capacity for responsible domestic cat ownership as well as carry out research and combat the impact feral and domestic cats can have on local biodiversity
TNRM Chief Executive Officer, Karen May said “TNRM is committed to supporting on-ground work and our Community Grants help to remove financial barriers and support groups and organisations to undertake work which will benefit the Territory’s natural and production landscapes in the long term”.
“We were especially pleased to see the project aims align with those of a soon to be released Natural Resource Management Plan for the NT, and we are looking forward to sharing the outcomes of these projects over the next 12 – 18 months”.
A full list of the projects and funding awarded can be viewed here