Greg Hunt

Federal Member for Flinders | Minister for Health

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20 Million Trees Boost For Bass Coast Region

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Turnbull Government has awarded $50,000 to the Bass Coast Landcare Network to continue their work protecting the Powlett River Catchment and threatened species such as the growling grass frog.

The Bass Coast Biolinks project, funded under the 20 Million Trees Program, will establish 25,000 trees and 5,500 understorey plants – creating two large-scale biolinks within the Bass Coast Region.

The Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt congratulated the Bass Coast Landcare Network on their project.

“The Turnbull Government is proud to support local on-ground environmental investment, protecting the important Western Port Ramsar Wetland in our local community, as well as helping to create potential habitat for nationally-listed threatened species,” Mr Hunt said.

One of the project sites links into a large scale revegetation project that the Bass Valley Landcare Group has worked on for the past 20 years. The other site is in the Powlett River Catchment and links into existing wildlife corridors on the Powlett River.

“This project will engage the local community, proposing to work with a range of groups including schools, Landcare groups and community organisations,” Mr Hunt said.

“A Green Army team will also be working on the project. Right across Australia, the Green Army has made a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places.”

The 20 Million Trees Program is an important part of the Turnbull Government’s National Landcare Program, with $70 million over six years having been committed to it.

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