Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has called on local community and environmental groups to consider applying for funding under the Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, before applications close on 22 April.
The Australian Government committed $12 million in funding to support the recovery of natural environments and help native flora and fauna.
“We know all too well thedamage left in our beautiful region as a result of last year’s bushfires.
“Here in the Scenic Rim we are surrounded by an extraordinary natural environment, you can see it in every part of the region.
“Our eco-tourism is a large part of the local economy – we have world-renowned national park. This is the home of Moogerah Peaks, Lamington and Mount Barney National Park’s.
“In a normal holiday period, we would be witnessing people flock to our region. Sadly this year coronavirus has meant that isn’t possible.
“But it will be here once we get through this pandemic and by delivering this program, we’re enabling communities to ensure the recovery happens at a local level and there is improved resilience, supporting our great environment.
There is up to $12 million available under the program, with grants of between $100,000 and $1 million being offered to support the recovery and resilience of natural areas hit by recent fire events.
Mr Buchholz said the funding, part of the Australian Government’s initial commitment of $50 million for a bushfire recovery package, may be used for on-ground bushfire recovery activities such as protecting unburnt areas around fire impact habitat, control of feral pests to reduce the pressure on native species and salvagingfor the purposes of conservation.