Three groups in Kennedy will share in more than $300,000 in funding to plant more than 45,000 trees as part of the Coalition Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme.
Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Greening Australia, the Trustee for South Endeavour Trust and the Trustee for the Wet Tropics Biodiversity Foundation will each receive a share of $5million funding as part of the second grant round of the Programme.
“These are projects that specifically focus on protecting habitats for threatened native species,” Senator Macdonald said.
The projects include:
- Greening Australia will receive $109,763.50 to plant 7,600 in Oak Valley, off the Flinders Highway, to enhance and restore the habitat of the Black Throated Finch. The project will remove weeds, focus tree planting in riparian zones and enhance the native grass ground cover in the woodland area to provide an additional food source for the finch.
- The Trustee for Wet Tropics Biodiversity Foundation will receive $110,000 to plant 12,000 trees as part of the revegetation of Lower Babinda Creek. The project aims to revegetate 10ha of Babinda Creek with native species in riparian areas and will also assist with stabilisation of the banks to reduce sediment load to the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.
- The Trustee for South Endeavour Trust will receive $88,000 to plant 27,000 trees as part of the Rock Road Wildlife Corridor. This is a nationally significant project to reconnect 1300ha of endangered rainforest to the Wet Tropics WHA and will benefit a number of nationally endangered species including the Cassowary, Spotted-tailed quoll and a number of frogs.
The plantings will contribute to re-establishing native vegetation and provide habitat to support threatened plants and animals, Senator Macdonald said.
“It’s great to see the funding being directed to those groups on the ground with the knowledge and capacity to make a real difference to the long term viability of important habitats and ecosystems across our region.”
A total of 64 projects have been funded as part of Round 2, which will deliver up to 1.3million native trees towards the 20 million trees by 2020 target.