Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon is calling on communities in New South Wales to apply for funds to replant and restore bushland, restore native habitats including wetlands and to reduce the impacts of weeds and feral animals under the Commonwealth $946 million Biodiversity Fund grants program they negotiated as part of the Clean Energy Future Package.
“This is an exciting opportunity for local organisations which are interested in restoring and enhancing native bushlands across NSW,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“The Greens are urging people to submit an application before the end of January.
Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens Christine Milne said, "Enhancing and restoring carbon in the landscape and creating jobs in rural Australia is a win win for the climate and the community.
“To stop global warming worsening we need to stop carbon dioxide emissions from the stacks and at the same time we need to prevent the release of carbon already stored in the landscape and add to that store with restoration of degraded forests and wetlands.”
"The money we get from taxing the big polluters can go directly back to your local community, as a permanent legacy of restored bushland."
Applications close on January 31st 2012 for the first round.
The Biodiversity Fund will support projects that, for example:
- establish new biodiverse plantings of mixed species that establish and re-connect well functioning native ecosystems
- revegetate the landscape to improve connections between remnant native vegetation across public and private lands, particularly in the fragmented rural, coast and peri-urban landscapes of south eastern and south western Australia and Tasmania
- restore native habitats in largely intact landscapes in northern Australia and/or on the rangelands, as well as those in peri-urban and coastal catchments in any part of Australia
- enhance the condition of native vegetation adjacent to existing key assets such as World Heritage Areas, Ramsar sites or protected areas in the National Reserve System
- establish and restore native wetland and waterway habitats, particularly on already cleared lands or lands predominately occupied by non-native vegetation
- reduce the impacts of invasive species across connected landscapes