MEDIA RELEASE: NT groups awarded $356,000 for natural resource management projects
Photo: DORCs (Darwin Off-Road Cyclists) mountain bikers to tackle Gamba grass in
Charles Darwin National Park
A total of 17 community groups and organisations from around the Northern Territory have been awarded $356,000 in grant funding to carry out a range of projects with environmental and sustainable production benefits.
The projects will attract cash and in-kind contributions worth an additional $462,000.
The Community Grants program is run by not for profit organisation Territory Natural Resource Management through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
DORCs, Darwin Off Road Cyclists. Awarded $5,000 to remove the weed Gamba grass in popular mountain biking spot, Charles Darwin National Park.
Consolidated Pastoral Company, Manbulloo Station. Awarded $11,000 to support best practice grazing management and host a field day to engage the local producer community in sustainable practices
Barkly Landcare and Conservation Association. Awarded $25,000 to manage Prickly acacia and Mesquite above Lake Sylvester and Lake Tarrabool, as part of a longer-term strategic plan to eradicate weed trees in that area by 2024.
Central Land Council. Awarded $22,000 to protect the Sandover Lily, a native plant found in only one location in central Australia, by removing weeds and engaging the community in a new management plan.
TNRM CEO Karen May said this year’s Community Grants were very competitive, with 46 applications requesting more than $960,000.
“The successful projects can all be achieved within 12 months, represent value for money, and align with the NT NRM Plan, a five-year strategy for maintaining the health of the Territory’s land, water and biodiversity.” Ms May said.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the National Landcare Programme supported efforts by local Landcare networks, community-based groups and landholders to help restore local ecosystems, protect natural assets and safeguard productive capacity in the land.
“The Coalition Government believes local people are best placed to come up with local solutions. That’s why the Government, through the National Landcare Programme, supports the work of regional NRM groups like Territory NRM,” Senator Scullion said.
“These grants will support communities across the Northern Territory to develop smart, targeted and long-term solutions to address identified environmental and agricultural issues.”
“These projects not only benefit our local environment and native species but also allow our local communities to enjoy the long-term benefits of a healthy environment.”
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government was investing $1 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme.
See complete list of successful projects below: