$285K available for environmental improvement grants on the Lakes

Gippsland Lakes Community Grants are now open for groups to complete projects that will help improve the health of the Lakes.

According to Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee Co-Chair, Peter Veenker, the grants provide an opportunity for community groups to seek funding for projects that will help tackle key priorities for the Gippsland Lakes.

“There is $285,000 in community grant funding available,” explained Dr Veenker.

“We are looking for a range of projects, big and small, that will contribute to improving the health of the Gippsland Lakes.

“So far, community grants have funded 16 fantastic projects across the Gippsland Lakes.

“This included everything from bird and fish monitoring right through to tree planting projects and protecting wetlands, rivers and creeks.

“A lot of work has gone in to preparing the Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan which will be the key document to help select successful projects.

“The Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan highlights the high priority values such as seagrass, fringing wetlands and threatened species as well as a range of priority actions.

“Successful projects will help address these high priority actions and protect important values.”

Full details of these Community Grants are available at www.loveourlakes.net.au this includes the Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan, Gippsland Lakes Community Grants Guidelines and Gippsland Lakes Community Grants Application Form. Applicants must read the guidelines before preparing project applications.

The GLCC Community Grants Program is an important component of the $12.5 million Gippsland Lakes program being implemented by a range of organisations and community groups across the Gippsland Lakes catchment to June 2020.

For more information visit www.loveourlakes.net.au, or call Sean Phillipson on 5150 3579, or Carolyn Cameron on 5150 3582.

Applications close at 9am Wednesday, 16 May 2018.

Funding for these grants has been made available from the Victorian State Government for the health of the Gippsland Lakes.