The new funding will focus on protecting and managing a range of native plants and animals, threatened species and habitats through increased engagement and alignment of natural resources, scientific, educational and community sectors.
It will also support partnerships between agencies, organisations, the community, landholders and traditional owners.
Investment will support critical activities to manage threats and facilitate new actions to assist with recovery of threatened species in the wild.
In 2016, $554,000 was allocated to deliver urgent activities.
Another $2 million will support intensive management actions to be delivered in collaboration with species’ recovery teams for the Baw Baw Frog, Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, Eastern Barred Bandicoot (mainland subspecies), Helmeted Honeyeater, Leadbeater’s Possum (lowland population), Mountain Pygmy Possum, Orange-bellied Parrot, Hooded Plover, Regent Honeyeater and Plains-wanderer.
Regional Biodiversity Hubs
$7.7 million has been granted for 26 large-scale regional partnership projects to protect threatened plants and animals.
Regional hub projects involve agencies and organisations working together in large-scale projects to address threats to a range of important native species in priority areas across the state.
Projects include removal of woody weeds and other pest plants; rabbit, fox and feral animal control; implementation of protection measures such as fencing from overgrazing; and selective fire management and habitat restoration.
Community & Volunteer Action Grants
Grants will support communities in efforts to conserve their local biodiversity and threatened species. View information about Community & Volunteer Action Grants.
The department is expanding opportunities for community members and scientists to come together to increase knowledge and capacity to manage and respond to risks to biodiversity. Seminars, regional events, forums and tools will complement on-ground activities.