The 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.
Over $1 million has been allocated to deliver urgent activities. Eight projects were announced in 2016 and nine projects in 2017.
Another $2 million will support intensive management actions to be delivered in collaboration with species’ recovery teams for iconic species including 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
Around $7.7 million has been granted to 26 large-scale regional projects.
Regional hubs 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 and Volunteer Action Grants
Over $4 million has been granted to 110 community projects to protect threatened plants and animals.
These grants will support a wide range of on-ground activities to help protect, improve and expand habitats for our native plants and animals. Funding also supports activities that help communities better understand and manage local native species and natural environments.
Projects include monitoring of wildlife and native plants, enhancing and protecting habitats for a range of threatened species, planting of indigenous vegetation, reducing weeds, making and installing next boxes and engaging and educating local communities about improving biodiversity.
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.