20 Environmental Projects Receive Funding

July 21, 2015

20 Environmental Projects Receive Funding

Lisa O'Mara, Carole Sweatman and Warren Entsch at the Announcement of the Wet Tropics Community NRM Grants




Terrain Announces Successful Applicants of Wet Tropics Community NRM Grants


Terrain NRM is providing project grants to 19 Community Groups across the Wet Tropics for 20 projects supporting grass roots action to improve the region’s environment.  

The funding for the grants ($501, 581) is being made available through Terrain NRM as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

The projects being funded include improvement of wildlife corridors at Mission Beach, Gordonvale and the Tablelands, tree planting at Freshwater Creek in Cairns and rainforest regeneration in Mossman.

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the Federal Government was focused on ensuring that funding was invested at a local level, to deliver real results, by on-the-ground organisations.

“These community-based groups will use the National Landcare Programme funding to help restore local ecosystems and protect natural assets so that Far Northerners can enjoy the long-term benefit of a healthy and liveable environment,” he said.

Terrain’s CEO Carole Sweatman said the community based assessment panel were impressed with the quality and diversity of the applications received, which included activities such as revegetation, weed management, waterways improvement and community awareness raising. 

“Terrain works closely with the community across the Wet Tropics and funding on-ground environmental projects such as these supports local priorities for long term improvement. The fantastic network of organisations across the Wet Tropics really deliver excellent projects,” she said.

Lisa O’Mara from Treeforce, one of the groups awarded a grant in Cairns, said she was delighted that they would be able to continue and build upon their work along Freshwater Creek.

“It’s great that Terrain is reaching out to community groups in this way and supporting important environmental projects,” she said.

Wet Tropics Community NRM Grants: Summary of Successful Projects

NB: projects are up to 3 years in duration.

Community Group Name Project Title Budget Location Project no.
Treeforce Association Inc. Treeforce - Trees for The Cairns Environment - Freshwater Creek, Redlynch     29,821 Cairns 46
Mulgrave Landcare Upper Hemming’s Creek - Connecting Corridors and Community in Gordonvale – Stage 2 & 3     29,805

Mulgrave Catchment/


Choorechillum Ngadjon Jii PBC Choorechillum Ngadjon-Jii Cultural  and Heritage Landcare management -Terrain Collaborative Project to Educate and Care for Country     34,750 Atherton Tablelands 8
Conservation Volunteers Australia Southern Atherton Tablelands Improve and extend corridor connectivity forest patches     29,172 Atherton Tablelands 18
Johnstone Region Landcare Group Inc Reinstate wetlands at Backyard Blitz site as part of an NRM educational facility.     14,410 Innisfail 48
Mission Beach State School P&C Continuing the Mission Beach School Wetlands Restoration and Education Programme     29,110 Mission Beach 26
Barron Catchment Care Upper Spring Creek Catchment Scoping Study     16,500 Atherton Tablelands 14
TREAT Peterson Creek Wildlife Corridor Continuation & Enhancement     29,700 Atherton Tablelands 1
Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation Smith's Gap/ Maria Ck Wildlife Corridor Rehabilitation     27,250 Mission Beach 54
Kuranda Envirocare Yellow Crazy Ant Community Taskforce Eradication Program Kuranda     34,760 Kuranda 13
Johnstone Ecological Society Inc Bulguru Wetlands       4,920 Johnstone Catchment 49
Barron Catchment Care Building Mabi Resilience     29,975 Atherton Tablelands 12
NightWings Rainforest Centre NightWings Rainforest Centre – Rainforest Regeneration - Stage 1     30,000 Mossman 21
Whyanbeel community group Whyanbeel Creek remediation     42,800 Mossman 52
Mission Beach Cassowaries Inc Website and free booklet promoting nature based tourism at Mission Beach       5,577 Mission Beach 40
TKMG Wildlife in Virtual Reality - a New Way to Educate and Engage       5,500 Atherton Tablelands 44
An additional 4 projects have been given approval in principle, pending more information and discussions 107,531 To be confirmed  


Total Grant allocation