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Environment and biodiversity - bushfire recovery

Find information on programs and initiatives supporting the environmental recovery of Victoria's bushfire affected areas.

Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grants

The Victorian Government is continuing to support the recovery of the state’s devastated bushland and biodiversity with a new grants program to help fund rehabilitation works following the summer’s unprecedented bushfires. 

The Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grants will provide a total of $900,000 for on-ground works, community education and capacity building projects.  It will also contribute to the targets in Victoria’s Biodiversity 2037 plan – helping to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment. 

The funding will support projects in the North East, East Gippsland and South West regions of the state where the fires had an unprecedented impact on Victoria’s precious plants and wildlife. 

The program is unique, providing funding for the rehabilitation of public land AND for private landowners focusing on environmental conservation. 

Successful applicants can access grants of up to: 

  • $10,000 for eligible individuals 
  • $30,000 for environmental volunteer groups 
  • $50,000 for volunteer-based environmental networks

Grant applications close on 20 July 2020. For more information and eligibility criteria, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants

Organisations supporting recovery

  • Zoos Victoria is one of Victoria’s leading conservation champions, fighting the extinction of highly endangered species and conducting community education programs to help Victorians cherish and help wildlife thrive in their natural environments.

    Zoos Victoria is lending its support to the bushfire recovery effort through provision of specialist vets and veterinary clinics offering wildlife health services, in the conservation of impacted threatened species and assisting our communities maintain their connections to our natural world.   

    For more information, visit zoo.org.au.

  • WWF-Australia is working with project partners across the country to care for wildlife impacted by the fires and restore critical habitat that has been lost. They are also driving innovative solutions to help mitigate climate change and secure Australia’s natural resources for people and nature.  

    For more information visit wwf.org.au.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria conserve our most rare and threatened Victorian plant species through seed banking, reintroduction and maintaining species in living collections.  They work with and support community groups to secure these species in their natural settings. 

    For more information, visit vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/static/interplay-with-fire.

  • Conservation Volunteers engages communities to connect with nature in ways that benefit both. With the outpouring of community concern for land and wildlife affected by fires, Conservation Volunteers are canvassing and managing volunteer interest and providing referrals to groups in need of volunteer support, with strong safety protocols in place for all.   

    For more information or to register as a volunteer or as a group in need of volunteer support, visit  cva.org.au.

  • Bush Heritage Australia owns and works with partners to manage large landscapes across Australia in support of all native species. Although no Bush Heritage Australia properties were burnt in Victoria, the organisation will use skills and experience from staff in Victoria and from managing bushfire affected properties in other States to help Victorian partners rebuild resilient landscapes.  

    For more information, visit bushheritage.org.au

  • BirdLife Australia is a science-based grassroots bird conservation charity based in Victoria, collaborating with governments, experts, community groups and civil society to assess the status of birds impacted by the fires and implement recovery actions, particularly for wet forest birds (including Superb Lyrebird), Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Eastern Bristlebird and Mainland Ground Parrot. 

    For more information please visit birdlife.org.au.

Other Environment and Biodiversity Updates

The Commonwealth Government has announced funding to enable on-the-ground action to protect native species and build knowledge for better land management.

It includes $12 million for projects nationwide to engage local communities in conserving their local environment and driving recovery and to support knowledge exchange on Indigenous cultural burning and land management. 

Community funding opportunities will be available from 1 July 2020. 

Further information can be found at  bushfirerecovery.gov.au/recovery-assistance.

Reviewed 03 July 2020

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