Funding boost for Coorong group

The Coorong Local Action Plan (LAP) has secured funding for the next three years to continue projects in the Murray Darling Basin area.

The $248,000 South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management (NRM) Connecting Communities Grant will support key education programs.

Coorong LAP project officer Graham Gates said the majority of the grant would go towards community engagement projects and education in Meningie and Tailem Bend.

We work with community groups, schools – its basically for an education program, it doesnt do much towards our key projects, he said.

Community engagement activities will include support and resource provisions to community groups and volunteers and skills building.

The funding will also enable LAP to recruit and maintain volunteers for a range of NRM activities and will provide a platform for support workshops, field days, trials and technical advice.

While the grant only makes up about five per cent of LAP funding, it will contribute to the economic viability of the areas landholders, protect and enhance areas of biodiversity and enhance community, industry, government and indigenous partnerships.

Benefits would also include the promotion and continued support of water saving initiatives to help offset the high price of mains water and a range of sustainable land management initiatives.

Coorong Mayor Roger Strother said the secured funding would be of environmental benefit to the region.

The funding round was extremely competitive and we are extremely pleased with the successful outcome of the LAP application, he said.

The grant will support community engagement in a range of SA Murray Darling Basin programs, including land, pest plants and animals, wetlands and floodplains, terrestrial biodiversity, public land management, aboriginal partnerships and volunteer support, as well as NRM education and atmosphere.

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