Central Wheatbelt groups win big in environmental funding

Nine local governments in the Central Wheatbelt electorate, as well as the Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management group are set to receive Community Stewardship Grants of more than $194,000 for their environmental projects.

The McGowan Government recently announced that 111 successful projects around the state will share in $7.75 million to help protect and enhance the environment.

The Community Stewardship Grants support projects across Perth and regional Western Australia to help restore natural areas, conserve WA’s biodiversity and build the capability of natural resource management groups.

Grant recipients include; 

  • Shire of Goomalling $6,960 Targeted Eradication of Cactus in the Shire
  • Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management $12,364 Red Card - community based feral control across the South West
  • Shire of Kellerberrin $24,624 Continuing to Combat Vegetation Decline within the Shire
  • Shire of Merredin $24,624 Continuing to Combat Vegetation Decline within the Shire
  • Shire of Mukinbudin $24,624 Continuing to Combat Vegetation Decline within the Shire
  • Shire of Quairading $24,624 Continuing to Combat Vegetation Decline within the Shire

Agricultural Region MLC Darren West said he was pleased important local projects had received a Community Stewardship Grant.

“The Grants support on-ground community action to look after WA’s unique and diverse natural resources, native flora and fauna,” he said.

“Each project will make a significant contribution to the protection and preservation of our community’s natural environment.”

Fellow Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham said the projects would also build the capacity of WA’s natural resource management groups and will support the sharing of knowledge among the NRM community.

“These grants support the outstanding work of local groups and volunteers who work hard to celebrate and protect their local environments.

“The groups and volunteers behind these projects are making a vital contribution to the preservation and enhancement of Western Australia’s diverse environments - coastal and marine; agricultural, pastoral and urban; river and estuarine; natural bush; and wildlife sanctuaries.”