Cape York Natural Resource Management will distribute $462 838 in the current financial year across 16 organisations for Cape York land and sea management projects, as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

In total, 52 Expressions of Interest (EOI) were received by Cape York NRM for projects which focussed on looking after Cape York’s Wetlands of National Significance, springs and waterways.

Cape York NRM’s Chairperson, David Claudie said the EOI project applications received by Cape York NRM totalled over $1 000 000.

“An independent panel was established to assess the EOIs and undertake the difficult task of deciding which projects would be funded,” Mr Claudie said. “We wish to thank the panel for their contribution to this programme.

“We were overwhelmed by the response we received, and wish we could support everything; however we are limited by the funding we receive under the National Landcare Programme for these grants. 

“The final decisions were made based upon those applications that best met the criteria of looking after our natural wetlands and soils, and where the biggest results in conservation and agricultural sustainability could be achieved” he said.

Projects will target best practice grazing management, weed control, pest management, fencing, collaborative research and wetland rehabilitation across conservation, grazing and Indigenous bio-cultural land management. 

Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch said the projects represented a broad range of on-ground projects which will deliver strong results for the Cape York environment. 

“I’ve spent much of my life on the Cape and know how important activities such as controlling weeds and pests, keeping cattle out of waterways and appropriate fire regimes are to the health of local environments,” he said. 

“These community-based groups will use the National Landcare Programme funding to help restore local ecosystems and protect natural assets so that Far Northerners can enjoy the long-term benefit of a healthy and liveable environment.”

Mr Claudie said $200 230 will be distributed in the current financial year for small grants of up to $25 000, while an additional $262 608 will fund four large projects on Cape York, plus support workshops for the Cape York Beef Cattle Industry. 

“This represents 37.81% (over a third) of Cape York NRM’s regional allocation from the National Landcare Programme” he said. 

“The projects are from a broad cross section of people and organisations on Cape York” Mr Claudie said. 

“Cape York NRM wishes to thank all the applicants for taking the time to submit EOIs, and congratulate those that are successful” Mr Claudie said. 

Mr Entsch also added his congratulations, saying that the Federal Government was focused on ensuring that funding was invested at a local level, to deliver real results, by on-the-ground organisations.

“I’ve got no doubt that we’ll see some great work carried out by the successful organisations and I look forward to visiting their project sites during my future visits to the Cape.” 

Snapshot of Successful Expressions of Interest

Feral Pig Management on the Kimba Plateau 

Olkola Aboriginal Corporation will receive almost $25 000 through the NLP to reduce threats to the Kimba Plateau, a ‘Natural Indicative Place’ in the Register of the National Estate and Australian Heritage Database.  

Olkola Chairperson Michael Ross said the feral pigs are degrading important spring, wetland and cultural sites on the Kimba Plateau. 

“The Kimba Plateau is highly significant to us.  Not only are feral pigs causing significant damage to waterways, the degraded land they leave behind allows other invasive species, like weeds, to become a problem.  As the Kimba Plateau is relatively weed-free, we need to stop this from happening” Mr Ross said. 

Declining Mussel Populations near Cooktown 

A partnership between Yuku Baja Muliku Land Trust, James Cook University and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Investigating mussel population declines in Yuku Baja Muliku Sea Country has been successful in obtaining a $25 000 grant. 

Larissa Hale from Yuku Baja Muliku said that mussels in her Sea Country were in serious decline and the grant would help Traditional Owners and Rangers to investigate why this was happening. 

“The mussels have always been important for Yuku Baja Muliku and we look forward to working with JCU and GBRMPA to find out what is happening, and hopefully put some actions in place to reverse the decline ”  Larissa said. 

This project is supported by Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. 

For more information on the National Landcare Programme go to: http://www.nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-programme

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