Northern Rivers bushland projects gain big funding

ALMOST a million dollars in funding from the Bush Connect grants program, designed to improve long-term outcomes for the environment, will go towards Northern Rivers projects.

The Border Ranges Great Eastern Ranges Partnership will receive $500,000 and the remaining $471,912 will go to the Jiggi Catchment Landcare Group.

Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the grant. He said it would improve habitat, enhance local wildlife corridors and improve partnerships.

"The program is designed to encourage partnerships between community environment groups or networks, farmers and non-government organisations to complete important environmental work," he said.

Partnership facilitator Jane Baldwin said the money would go towards restoring wildlife corridors between mountain ranges north of Kyogle.

"The works will better enable the movement of native animals across the landscape between protected areas," she said.

Jiggi Catchment Landcare Group spokeswoman Julie Reid said its project would allow responsible members in the Lismore local government area to get assistance from qualified bush regenerators.

"Works will strengthen species migration pathways and create fauna refuges while re-establishing linear corridors," she said.

"The project will expand partnerships and geographical spread of the current funded six-year project."

The grant program requires projects to run for a minimum of 10 years.

The Environmental Trust and the applicant will jointly fund up to 80% of the total project cost for the first six years.



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