Grants for Pearce environmental projects after Yanchep bushfire

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How some bushland looks 10 months after the Yanchep bushfire, which started on December 11 and burnt about 13,000ha in the City of Wanneroo and the Shire of Gingin. Picture: Anita McInnes

ORGANISATIONS and local governments in Pearce can now apply for community grants for projects to help native wildlife and their habitats recover from the devastating impacts of last year’s Yanchep bushfire.

Men’s sheds, conservation groups, community organisations, not-for-profits and traditional owners can apply for the grants through the bushfire recovery for wildlife and habitat community grants program to undertake on-ground recovery actions which will benefit their environment.

Eligible project activities include provision of supplementary shelter, nest boxes and artificial hollows, eradicating or reducing the impact of pest animals and weeds, protecting sensitive habitat and waterways, and seed collection, propagation and revegetation of native plants.

The $10 million Morrison Government program, offering grants of between $5000 to $150,000, is part of the government’s $200m investment to help native wildlife and their habitats recover from the devastating impacts of last summer’s bushfires.

In Western Australia, Pearce is one of the few 2019-20 bushfire-affected electorates where the program applies.

The Yanchep bushfire on December 11 burnt about 13,000ha of land and at its peak 400 firefighters fought the blaze, which accounted for about 4.7 million litres of the 8.9m litres of water used to fight bushfires in WA last year.

Although no lives were lost the bushfire put about 25,000 City of Wanneroo and Shire of Gingin residents at risk and destroyed a house as well as the Yanchep Service Station.

It also threatened businesses and the koala enclosure in Yanchep National Park where 1127ha of land was burnt.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said residents had shown tremendous resilience and he encourage them to continue to play an active role in the recovery of the community.

“I know there are many people in Pearce who are already getting out and rehabilitating bushfire affected environments,’’ he said.

“These grants mean more organisations can now take part in real on-the-ground action.

“The government recognises that harnessing local knowledge and stewardship, along with financial support, is essential to recovery and building the resilience of native plants and animals.

“I encourage members of our community to apply for a grant and get involved in a hands-on way to help our environment bounce back.”

Applications close on Friday, November 27.

Grant guidelines, which include information on eligible project locations, are available at business.gov.au/brwhc