Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation
Nearly $110,000 in grants has been awarded to 24 community-based groups in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region for projects to enhance and protect their local environment.
The Community NRM Action Grants are awarded annually by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) Natural Resources Management Board.
In 2017-18, grant recipients include:
- the Friends of Shepherds Hill, who will be working to restore Grey Box grassy woodland in the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park
- the Vietnamese Farmers Association of SA will be working on the sustainable management of water resources with the ethnically diverse horticulture community in northern Adelaide
- the Horse Federation of SA will work with horse owners on sound, sustainable management of soils, pasture and water on their properties
- Conservation Volunteers Australia will be engaging the community around the significant problem of marine debris
Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said that the Community NRM Action Grants allow for the provision of well-deserved support to groups in the community working for the environment.
"I’m always impressed with the variety of environmental projects that are supported by these grants, and I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful effort of the volunteers who make many of these projects possible," he said.
"This year’s Community NRM Action Grants will help us understand more about Adelaide’s bird and bat populations, remove weeds from our parks and reserves, revegetate our bushland and creek lines, restore bandicoot habitat and improve water management for market gardeners.
"These grants support projects which can make a real difference to the community and our environment," said Minister Hunter.
The Community NRM Action Grants provide support for projects involving on-ground works and/or building community capacity.
Funded projects may be practically oriented and address issues around water quality, sustainable living, revegetation and biodiversity. Projects may also be community-led initiatives that educate, build skills and lead to positive changes in community environmental behaviour.
The grants apply to projects in the AMLR region, which stretches from Kapunda in the north, through the Mt Lofty Ranges and the Adelaide metropolitan area to Cape Jervis in the south.