The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP has announced that two community groups in Oxley have been successful in their applications to the NSW Environmental Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program.

Mrs Pavey congratulated the South West Rocks Community Dune Care Group and Bellinger Landcare Inc. for securing funds for projects that will target local riparian and weed control issues.

“Local community groups have invaluable knowledge and passion for their local area, and these grants will support on-ground works to make a real and lasting contribution,” Mrs Pavey said.

In detail, the successful projects are:

Upper Bellinger River Aquatic and Terrestrial Habitat Connections – $100,000 This project will improve the condition of the riparian zone along the upper Bellinger River adjacent to the New England National Park and Bellinger River Nature Reserve. Improved riparian habitat will support the recovery of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle and a number of other threatened species in the area. The project will encourage landholders to better manage stock and undertake bush regeneration activities to encourage natural regeneration. Regeneration works will be supplemented by planting.

Protection of Littoral Rainforest by removal of invasive weeds around South West Rocks – $98,648 This project focuses on the removal of highly invasive and difficult to control weed species that have emerged in the dune areas of South West Rocks after the removal of Bittou Bush, Lantana and other primary weed species. The project targets Glory Lily, Asparagus and Turkey Rhubarb both of which are difficult to control and includes work in 10ha of previously untreated dunes.

NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, said the 2018 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program had awarded 21 grants to community groups and 25 grants to government entities for a range of habitat and ecosystem restoration projects.

“Each year this grant program, delivered through the Environmental Trust continues to attract such a diversity of high quality applications, highlighting the resourceful ways that people and organisations are tackling local environmental issues,” Ms Upton said.

For more details and project descriptions visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm