Combat gorse on your property
11 May 2017
Landowners and Landcare groups can apply for up to $25,000 to combat gorse in their local area.
The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) is calling for project submissions for its 2017/18 community grants program, available to groups of two or more landholders who are committed to long term gorse control.
"Gorse is persistent and the longer you leave it, the longer it will take to control," VGT chairman Peter Everist said.
"Gorse seeds can lie dormant for decades, meaning one year of seeding generates decades of weeding or a life time of hard work.
"Gorse will also harbour invasive animals such as foxes and rabbits costing you money and impacting on native species. It can also decrease land value and generate significant fire risk," he said.
Mr Everist said the focus was to assist landholder's from across all of Victoria beat this invasive weed.
"There is approximately $100,000 in grant money available for on-ground projects. Projects must align with the goals of the Victorian Gorse Control Strategy."
He said the VGT grant funding was really about helping those who haven't received past incentives, have old stands of gorse and need more support.
"In a way it's like seed funding - a way to help landholders get the ball rolling in managing gorse."
Interested landholders not part of a Landcare Group can come together to deliver a project on their own. All landholders who receive VGT grant funding must sign up to a three year voluntary agreement to maintain their control.
The VGT 2017/18 community grants are now open and will close on Monday 5 June 2017. For more information visit: https://www.vicgorsetaskforce.com.au.
Media contact: Nicole Cairns 0401 515 597
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