Grants available to tackle weeds and pests

Melton landowners along the environmentally significant western volcanic plains can get help tackling weed and pest animal species, thanks to a new round of Landcare grants.

Expressions of interest are now open for round three of the Valuing our Volcanic Plains grants, co-ordinated by Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority with federal government, national Landcare program funds.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt encouraged home owners to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to help protect threatened species.

“The partnership between Port Phillip and Westernport CMA, Melton council, and landholders in these important native grasslands is a great way to deliver local on-ground action,” Mr Hunt said.

“Reducing invasive weeds and pest animals will help restore these valuable, threatened native grasslands to their natural state.”

Ian Taylor, who runs a native plant nursery at Wildwood near Sunbury, recommends landowners of all kinds of properties apply for the grants.

“There are plenty of people doing good work … and this grant program can help accomplish a lot more than you might have been able to do otherwise,” Mr Taylor said.

Details: Ben Kroker, 9747 7200 or email