Barrington Tops World Heritage Area receives $20,000 windfall from coalition government's Communities Environment Program

Delivering practical local solutions

A MORE-than-handy $20,000 windfall will help eradicate weeds in the Barrington Tops World Heritage Area.

The Australian Trust For Conservation Volunteers project is funded under the coalition government's Communities Environment Program.

"The Barrington Broom Sweep protecting peatlands and threatened species project is all about harnessing the passion of grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local solutions that directly improve our environment," New England MP Barnaby Joyce said.

"It will continue important community efforts to eradicate invasive weeds in the Barrington Tops World Heritage Area.

"The Barrington Tops Plateau encompasses a diverse range of habitats from sub-alpine to sub-tropical vegetation.

"It includes montane peatland, an endangered ecological community, and threatened species such as the Davies Treefrog and Broad-toothed rat.

"Much of the area is World Heritage-listed, managed for conservation, recreation and tourism by the NPWS.

"CVA has an ongoing partnership with NPWS to eradicate Scotch broom in the reserve as this weed is competing with native flora and destroying natural values."

He added the government was investing more than $22 million in the Communities Environment Program to support initiatives in every electorate across Australia, with grants ranging from $2500 to $20,000.

A broad range of groups were eligible to apply, including local community clubs, not-for-profit organisations, Landcare and schools.

Mr Joyce said the Communities Environment Program was empowering many people to deliver practical projects that would not only raise environmental awareness but also strengthen the local community.

"I was very pleased with the high quality of applications received - and their enthusiasm to undertake practical environmental projects," he explained.

"Community groups in the Upper Hunter and across the New England are already delivering many great environmental projects, whether it's planting trees, cleaning up local waterways, reducing litter or protecting native species.

"This new funding will help further those outcomes and I look forward to working together to deliver this project."