Community environment grants on offer

Bemboka Landcare received $3650 from the 2015/16 grants program to install a flood proof fence at the junction of Colombo Creek and Bemboka River, keeping cattle out of the sensitive Lowland Grassy Woodland of the Bemboka Reserve.
Bemboka Landcare received $3650 from the 2015/16 grants program to install a flood proof fence at the junction of Colombo Creek and Bemboka River, keeping cattle out of the sensitive Lowland Grassy Woodland of the Bemboka Reserve.

Bega Valley Shire Council has announced the launch of the 2017/18 Community Environment Grants Program.

Fifty thousand dollars will be distributed from the fund this year, which is sourced from the Bega Valley Shire Environment Levy.

Mayor Kristy McBain said that groups with a passion for the local environment can receive significant assistance with their projects, building on the success of the program over the last six years.

“This is a great opportunity to make a difference in your local area and the grants are a proven way to keep our shire beautiful,” she said.

“Council staff recommend that interested groups discuss their application with council before submitting an application.”

Successful grant applications last year included weed control and revegetation at Bermagui, a biodiversity plan at Candelo, a creek walkway at Cobargo and ecological burns at Tura Beach.

“Environmental projects when delivered effectively can create a legacy for future generations, I look forward to seeing this year’s applications,” Cr McBain said.

Grants are competitive and a maximum of $6000 (+GST) is available for any one project under the program.

To be eligible for a grant, your group or organisation must be non-profit and based in the Bega Valley Shire.

Groups must also have an ABN and be incorporated (or be auspiced by an organisation that has an ABN and incorporation status), and they must meet the requirements of the Community Environmental Grant Guidelines available from Council.

Applications open April 24 and close at 4.30pm May 12.

Contact Council’s Environmental Services Section on 6499 2222 for more information.