01 December 2010

COMMUNITY SMALL GRANTS: Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands

Communities in Landscapes SMALL COMMUNITY GRANTS are now open for expressions of interest from community groups and schools in Box Gum Grassy Woodland areas.

Communities in Landscapes (CiL) has invited community groups in the Central West, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee catchments to apply for grants to boost biodiversity in their local area. Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) CiL project officer, Tony Cox, said grants up to $3000 (GST included) are available from CiL’s Community Small Grants Scheme.“The aim of the project is to benefit the critically endangered box gum grassy woodland environments which sustain a variety of important native plant and animal species, “Mr Cox said. “These woodlands contain valuable resources which can provide economic and environmental benefits to the whole community.“Healthy box gum woodlands contribute to the productivity of farms by providing shelter and pasture for stock, habitat for animals and insects which eat pests and pollinate crops and in the management of rising water tables and salinity.“As part of the big picture CiL is working with landholders to develop cross-property plans and now we’re looking to community groups to complement the work we’re doing at that larger scale.”CiL aims to identify and protect more than 55,000 hectares of endangered box gum woodlands which can be identified by their main trees species - white box, Eucalyptus albens; yellow box, E. melliodora and Blakely's red gum, E. blakelyi.Financial support is available to projects which raise awareness or support good management of box gum grassy woodland and the species it supports.

Applications for the CiL Community Small Grants Scheme close on December 24 with forms available from http://cil.landcarensw.org.au/smallgrants or community woodlands officer, Kristy Lawrie, 0457 953 778.

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