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Grant funding received for mapping local habitat


Georges River Council’s Environmental Sustainability and Waste team has been successful in applying for $15,000 in grant funding from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said the funding will help provide invaluable information on species in the local area.

“The funding will be used to engage an ecological consultant to undertake a Biodiversity Study in parks, foreshore areas and selected streets of the local government area and will be matched by in-kind Council funding,” said Mayor Greene.

“The successful consultant is expected to begin monitoring and mapping the habitat of terrestrial and certain aquatic species in September 2020.

“Selected streets identified in the 2018 Vegetation Mapping Report and Tree Management Policy will be assessed and recommendations provided as to how to best enhance these streets as suitable biodiversity corridors,” added Mayor Greene.

The greening of these streets will contribute to Council’s target of 40% urban canopy cover by 2038, as well as working towards the Georges River 2050 Vision of a “leafy, green place where biodiversity thrives.”

The data and accompanying recommendations from the Biodiversity Study will help guide Council’s future environmental conservation efforts. It is anticipated that the study will be completed in the first half of 2021.
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