Community Grants Program (2012/13)
In July 2012, the Albury Conservation Company launched a ‘Community Grants Program’ investing $30,000 in 2012/13 to support local biodiversity projects in the areas of research, on-ground works, and community education/engagement.
Applications opened on 9th July 2012 and closed on 3rd August 2012.
Funding and support were provided to the following seven projects in 2012/13.
- Thurgoona Country Club Resort Biodiversity Project – construction of 60 nest boxes, mapping of hollow-bearing trees, and 1 hectare of revegetation with indigenous seedlings – by Thurgoona Country Club Resort.
- Investigating the effects of urbanisation on Thurgoona’s Squirrel Gliders– a Charles Sturt University honours project.
- Revegetation of Little Budginigi Hill at Tabletop – Mr Joe Esler (private landholder)
- Thurgoona and Wirlinga Community understanding and knowledge of Biodiversity (Sept 2013) – a social study by Charles Sturt University.
- Glider Project at the Lake Hume Spillway Area (year 1 of 2 year program) – surveys, nest boxes, revegetation (Woolshed Thurgoona Landcare Group)
- Biodiversity Plantings at the Kerr Sustainability Centre, Thurgoona – a student and community project with Charles Sturt University.
- Nest Box Inventory at the National Environment Centre – Parklands Albury Wodonga
The ‘Glider Project at the Lake Hume Spillway Area’ has received funding in 2013/14 for a second year of the project. Additional funding and support in 2013/14 has been provided to the ‘Revegetation of Little Budginigi Hill at Tabletop’ project for hand-seeding in 2014 to supplement machine direct seeding undertaken in June 2013 which had mixed success.
Stay tuned for future funding announcements.