Up2Us Landcare receives weed control funding

BATTLING BLACKBERRY: Inspecting Landcare projects first hand last week were (from left) Up2Us member John Gilson, Cindy McLeish (MLA, Seymour), Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla), Up2Us weeds coordinator Cam Paterson and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Landcare and Communities manager Tony Kubeil.

LANDCARE groups in the Mansfield and Strathbogie Shires and the Benalla Rural City have received funding boosts as part of a $1 million program for environment volunteer projects.

In announcing the grants last Wednesday, Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla) said that local Landcare groups will benefit from funding through the Victorian Landcare Grants program to protect and restore the native environments.

The grants will also go towards coordinating eradication programs for invasive weeds and blackberries – in conjunction with local landholders.

Up2Us Landcare Alliance received two grants one for neighborhood management of blackberry and gorse ($20,000) and the second for a ‘meet, talk and act’ program ($6000).

“Delivered through the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) these grants recognise and reward the hard work of our local volunteers who are dedicated to making sure Victoria’s natural environment can be enjoyed by future generations,” Mr Sykes said.

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