A $99,250 grant for the creation of healthy and productive fish habitats in Broken Creek has been awarded to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority via the Federal Government’s $20 million Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers program.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the funding would allow local people to use their local knowledge to care for their local environment.

“The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority will use its $99,250 to create healthy and productive habitats for fish in Broken Creek,” Mr Drum said.

“Importantly these Healthy Rivers grants support Basin economies, with successful applicants committing to buying local.

“This grant puts money into local businesses, providing employment and strengthening recreational amenities and tourism offerings.

“These Healthy Rivers projects bring people and organisations together to work on practical, on-ground projects that protect the Murray-Darling Basin’s vital waterways.

“The Healthy Rivers program forms a key part of the Federal Government’s Murray-Darling Communities Investment Package, which is putting communities back at the heart of the Basin Plan.”

In January, more than $280,000 of Healthy Rivers funding was announced for three projects across Nicholls. Under all rounds of the program, $460,000 in funding has been awarded in Nicholls.

Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, said the grants were designed to help communities deliver on-ground projects to improve the health of local rivers and wetlands.

“Across the Basin, the Healthy Rivers program is funding activities to plant about 300,000 native plants, install 230 kilometres of fencing to protect 2000 hectares of riverbanks, and undertake weed control on about 30,000 hectares,” Mr Pitt said.

“That’s making a real difference to river health and regional economies.”

For more information on the successful projects, visit the Department’s website.

Fast facts

  • 160 Healthy Rivers grants have received funding through the Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers Program.
  • Projects across Nicholls aim to re-snag three kilometres of river with native fish habitat, plant 16,000 plants and protect 90 hectares of riparian vegetation with fencing.
  • Under all rounds of the program, $460,000 in funding has been awarded in Nicholls.

 List of projects

Recipient Project location Short project description Funding amount (GST exclusive)
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Katamatite and Kaarimba Creating healthy and productive habitats for fish in Broken Creek $99,250
Total $99,250

 

Note: Project locations are based on applicant provided mapping of activities funded under the program, which may be different to the location of the applicant. Projects may have activities in more than one electorate. Payments to applicants are subject to signing of a funding agreement.

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