Friends of the Barwon welcomes the recent announcement by Minister for Water Harriet Shing of new funding to protect Victoria’s waterways and wildlife. The State governments’ Green Links Grant programme announcement includes $1.77 million to undertake revegetation works along the Barwon River corridor – including the Moorabool River, the Barwon River and Waurn Ponds Creek. FOTB anticipate that the funding will be used to extend the very successful project on the Barwon at Birregurra known as Platypus Point. Additionally, more than $700,000 has been allocated to help restore the Yarrowee River.

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority was the grant applicant.

This is the the first round of successful grants through the $10 million Green Links Grant Program, which will support local projects along Victoria’s urban waterways to deliver up to 300 hectares of revegetated land for communities to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. Green Links is a $10 million investment to improve habitat, water quality and provide cool green spaces for communities around our urban creeks, rivers and waterways.

The full list of grant recipients and other details about the project can be found on the Green Links website

Image: Platypus Point on the Barwon River – Courtesy of The Surf Coast Times