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Council receives three Green Army grants

Council receives three Green Army grants The City of Canterbury Bankstown will invest nearly $30,000 in a number of its environmental projects, thanks to the Federal Government’s Green Army Grants Program. No  

The City of Canterbury Bankstown will invest nearly $30,000 in a number of its environmental projects, thanks to the Federal Government’s Green Army Grants Program.

Three Green Army Grants, totaling $27,000, has been allocated to improve the area’s natural habitats and resources, with $9,000 going towards the restoration of Salt Pan Creek at Padstow and Peakhurst.

Administrator, Richard Colley, said the aim of the project was to restore and protect the endangered ecological community of salt marsh.

"Activities will include the removal of rubbish, and more importantly, the removal of weeds, which will allow for increased bush regeneration and the growth of native vegetation," he said.

"Many species of fauna such as bats, birds, insects and mammals, as well as aquatic fauna including crabs, molluscs and fish, use salt marsh as their habitat for foraging, breeding and roosting.

Another two Green Army Grants, worth $9,000 each, will also be invested in:

  • The rehabilitation of the Northern Wetland Corridor along Cooks River, from Canterbury to Earlwood, which will restore wetland vegetation through the removal of noxious weeds; and
  • The Western Sydney Project 1 Blaxland - Restoration Mirambeena Park, which will see the Green Army team control exotic weeds and vines, and conduct seed collections, that will help protect the park’s popular walking trails.

Mr Colley said the Green Army Grants was an important program, which encouraged individuals to participate in Landcare-related activities.

"We are fortunate to have such a diverse and large array of natural resources in our area, but we do need all the help we can get to maintain and restore them, which is why we’re so grateful for these three Green Army Grants," he said.

"It (the grants) not only gives locals an opportunity to gain experience while participating in projects that generate real benefits for our local environment, but also helps increase the amenity of our City."

The projects will be delivered by Conservation Volunteers Australia, who will work with Council staff to train and supervise the Green Army participants.

 27/09/2017 12:35 PM