The first round of grants under a new program to put back money raised from recycling scrap metal cleared from properties after the tragic 2009 Victorian bushfires have been awarded to help rebuilding efforts in bushfire-affected areas.
(PressZoom) - The first round of grants under a new program to put back money raised from recycling scrap metal cleared from properties after the tragic 2009 Victorian bushfires have been awarded to help rebuilding efforts in bushfire-affected areas.
In the immediate aftermath of Black Saturday, the Commonwealth and Victorian governments partnered to fund the clean-up of properties destroyed or damaged by the fires. The clean-up was led by Grocon.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said the government had decided that the best use for the recycled metal collected by Grocon from properties was for projects that would help to rebuild communities.
“We will continue to stand by communities affected by the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history as they rebuild their homes, lives and communities,” Mr Jennings said.
“Grocon cleaned-up more than 3000 properties in four months which was recognised as best-practice for a disaster of this scale. As part of that clean up it collected more than 11,650 tonnes of steel that has been recycled, raising about $1.5 million.
“We wanted this money to go directly back to our bushfire-affected communities. That’s why we established a dedicated fund in which individuals and groups can apply for grants that go towards projects that help their communities recover. “
Grants awarded under the first round to eight recipients for projects of $5000 or less include:Â • The Friends of Marysville Walks ($5000) to complete Holly control works within theÂ Marysville Triangle; • South West Goulburn Landcare Network ($5000) to purchase a trailer to carry a weed control spray unit; • South West Goulburn Landcare Network ($4500) to conduct a native seed project; • Sunday Creek Dry Creek Landcare Group ($2500) to conduct riparian bushland restoration work on Dry Creek; • Sunday Creek Dry Creek Landcare Group ($5000) for Rejuvenation of Sustainable Landscapes Trail project; • Sunday Creek Dry Creek Landcare Group ($5000) for works to recover the Wandong Primary School garden; • Wandong – Heathcote Junction Community Group ($5000) for vegetation enhancement works; and • Upper Merri Plenty Landcare Group ($5000) for restoration works on the Upper Plenty Community Recreational Area.
“Applicants for grants worth more than $5000 will receive feedback on whether their projects have been short-listed for the next assessment phase which will be announced in coming months,” Mr Jennings said.
Applications for Recycling for Recovery funding are developed in conjunction with Community Recovery Committees to ensure they are in line with priorities identified by communities as important to their recovery.
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