Almost $21 million was awarded through the Restoration and Rehabilitation, Saving our Species, Environmental Education, Environmental Research, Eco Schools, Lead Environmental Community Groups and Bush Connect contestable programs.
In its third year, the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative awarded more than $31 million in grants to help communities access better recycling facilities, encourage innovation in managing priority problem wastes, expand and enhance resource recovery facilities and divert organics from landfill.
The Trust has invested in two New Government Priority programs. The first of these awarded over $100,000 to consolidate existing knowledge, identify knowledge gaps and form recommendations as part of a systematic research review concerning bell miner associated dieback. In addition, the Trust awarded $2.5 million to permanently protect the new 11,800-hectare Murrah Flora Reserves. The project, which will see commercial timber harvesting cease in Murrah, Mumbulla, Tanja and the southern part of Bermagui state forests, will protect native plants, Aboriginal cultural heritage, and habitat for the last remaining koala population on the NSW far south coast.
A new Data-deficient Species Research Grants program was introduced in this, the second year of the broader Saving our Species (SoS) Partnership Grants program. The Trust’s investment of $204,733 will assist co-contributing organisations to implement 30 Priority Research Actions for 20 data-deficient species, and help develop effective threatened species management through quality scientific research.