CAPE YORK LANDCARE has been awarded a total of $19,950 to reduce the impacts of feral animals in the Holroyd Plain region in central Cape York.
Funding for the project comes through the Federal Government’s 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 – celebrating the 25th anniversary of Landcare as a national movement – in which around $5 million has been approved for 291 projects across Australia.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the funding was designed to help community groups undertake projects to conserve and protect their local environment.
“The Holroyd Plain region is a high value aquatic ecosystem covering over 710,000 hectares and including the Archer, Coen and Holroyd river systems,” said Mr Entsch.
“This grant will help Cape York Landcare to decrease sediment loads, soil erosion, vegetation disturbance, and weed incursion – much of this due to feral pigs and horses – leading to improved water quality and ground cover.
“It follows the organisation’s successful 2012 program that removed over 2,000 feral animals from eleven different properties within the Holroyd Plain High Value Aquatic Ecosystem in central Cape York.
The project is expected to commence in late 2015.