Govt grant to rescue river

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Harvey River Restoration Taskforce is among 85 regional projects to receive a community stewardship grant from the State Government.

The grants support community-based projects that serve to protect and aim to restore the local environment, and are part of an ongoing funding commitment to the State Natural Resource Management program.

South West MLC Adele Farina has welcomed the announcement of $7 million in natural resource management grant funding, labelling the South West as a unique natural environment.

“The South West is one of the world’s top 35 diversity hotspots and the only one of its kind in Australia,” Ms Farina said.

“Our unique natural environment is what attracts us to live in this magnificent part of the world and attracts tourists from across the world, and protecting it is critically important.”

Jennifer Stringer from Harvey River Restoration Taskforce said the $101,150 grant would go towards implementing on-ground actions. “We are very pleased to have received this funding,” Ms Stringer said.

“It will enable us to implement revegetation and bank stabilisation, and a variety of program partners to improve habitat for marron and other freshwater native species living in the Harvey River.

“Our river system is precious and provides us with a lot of benefits, so it is important we look after it.”

Other community groups to have received a grant in the South West include The Lake Clifton-Herron Landcare Group and FAWNA Possum Finishing School.

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