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FNPW Community Conservation Grants 2019 update

Blog Post - FNPW Community Conservation Grants 2019

The recipients of the 2019 Community Conservation Grants, awarded by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, recently completed their conservation projects and submitted reports detailing their activities. From creating bee hotels to the telling of indigenous cultural stories, the recipients undertook a variety of projects across the country focused on many different aspects of conservation and education. 

The purpose of FNPW Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia.

 

In 2019 FNPW supported 10 projects across Australia through our Community Conservation Grants, including the following:

Roydon Island African Boxthorn Control – On the Home Stretch:  African Boxthorn is a thorny scrub that grows up to 5 m high and 3 m across. Grown close together it forms a spiky wall that you cannot get through. It is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. Since 2011, the Friends of Bass Strait Islands have worked on eradicating the African Boxthorn located on the Roydon Island in an effort to protect the local species and habitats. With the help of volunteers, donations, and FNPW funding, the primary eradication has been completed, with 30,000 square meters of land being revegetated.

Busy Bees: Educating and Engaging Our Local Kids in Native Bee Protection: With the support of volunteers and FNPW grant, Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare ran two successful Kids Native Bee Hotel workshops. A total of 116 people from the local community participated in these workshops, learning about the importance of native bees and providing vital habitats for them through construction and installation of bee hotels and bee baths, and encouraging suitable plantings and retention of nesting sites.

North of the Tully, Endangered Fauna Corridors: Queensland based Brettacorp Inc. planted over 2000 native trees with the help of volunteers to help regenerate the local habitats and landscapes. They also assisted in the protection of our threatened species, such as the Southern Cassowary and Mahogany Glider, as they benefit from these native trees and food source species. Community event days were held to educate the locals about the environment to continue the recovery of threatened species, populations, and ecological communities.

Upgrade the Fagus Walk Track at Mount Field: The Wildcare Friends of Mount Field upgraded the popular Fagus site at Lake Fenton. Current boardwalks that were unstable were repaired, making it easier for visitors to walk along these 370 metres of track and better enjoy the beautiful vegetation. By moving large rocks off the track and by carting gravel to repair the damaged track, this upgrade allows for easier walking as well as preserving the local landscapes.

Youth Wildlife Ambassador Program: With the support of the FNPW grant, the Phillip Island Nature Parks successfully implemented the Youth Wildlife Ambassador program. Seven young ambassadors were selected to participate in the program, where they monitored the threatened species of Eastern-barred Bandicoot and Hooded plover populations, encouraged community members and visitors to be responsible pet owners, and raised awareness for the species on Phillip Island. 


The 2020 Community Conservation Grants closed for applications on February 14. Applications were once again received from around Australia. The FNPW Projects Committee will be assessing applications over the coming month and will look at again supporting small grants across the country, as well as identifying larger projects that can be supported through other avenues.

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