$100,000 to boost local environmental restoration project

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Member for Oatley Mark Coure MP, today announced that $100,000 would go to Georges River Council for a bushcare project at Gannons Park in Peakhurst that will protect, restore and enhance the local environment.

Mr Coure congratulated the bushcare team at Georges River Council for successfully securing the funds under the 2017/18 round of the NSW Environmental Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program.

“I am pleased to announce that $100,000 will fund a project in Gannons Park, which will result in significant environmental benefits and protect the native flora and fauna that is local to our community,” Mr Coure said.

This project will focus on the restoration of three hectares of Powerful Owl habitat and improving storm water quality through the removal of weeds and rubbish, management of erosion and replanting of local native species. Community engagement activities will include promoting awareness of Powerful Owl habitat, and a bushcare group will be established as part of the project to ensure the long-term maintenance of the site.

Gannons Park at Peakhurst contains 36 hectares of Riverflat Paperbark Swamp Forest; Sydney Hinterland Apple-Blackbutt Gully Forest; Coastal Enriched Sandstone Dry Forest and Estuarine Mangrove Forest Endangered Ecological Communities.

46 community groups and government entities across NSW were successful in sharing a proportion of more than $4 million of funding, to undertake projects that protect, restore and enhance the environment.

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.

“We know that local communities have invaluable knowledge and such passion for their local bushland, wildlife, heritage and ecological sustainability.

“These grants acknowledge and support these on-ground works and together these projects form a network of environmental initiatives making a real difference.”

For more details and project descriptions visit:

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm