The City of Gold Coast would like private landholders to apply for funding to complete conservation and restoration projects on their land.
$100,000 is available through the City’s Nature Conservation Assistance Program that will help private landholders carry out projects that protect and enhance the natural assets of the coast.
Acting Mayor Gary Baildon said protecting, enhancing and managing the Gold Coast’s natural environment was a City priority.
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“We recognise that most of our native plants and animals are on private properties – not just in national parks or reserves,” he said.
“We appreciate how important this is and the crucial role private landholders play in land conservation. This program is the City’s way of supporting private landholders to preserve their natural environment, which then has ongoing benefits beyond their land boundaries.”
Successful applicants must demonstrate the benefits of the project and their capacity to manage and maintain the project.
Cr Baildon said the program aimed to ensure the city remained one of the most liveable and biodiverse in Australia.
“We’ll invest approximately $12 million in nature conservation projects this financial year and we recognise that supporting private landholders’ efforts will help us to protect, enhance and manage more land across the city,” he said.
Projects eligible for funding include:
“environmental weed control and bush regeneration to restore native vegetation areas back to their natural condition
“native planting to rehabilitate degraded areas, establish vegetation corridors or rehabilitate the banks of natural waterways
“wildlife-friendly fencing to restrict stock access to significant natural areas.
Expressions of interest are open and close on 17 July.