LGs eligible for environmental safe havens funding

Councils have been advised that they can apply for Commonwealth grants to build safe havens for threatened native wildlife species.

The $6.78 million Safe Havens Grants Program was announced in May as part of the Federal Government’s Environment Restoration Fund, the objective of which is to reduce extinction risk to nationally listed threatened species by strategically expanding the safe haven network.

Safe havens are areas where invasive predators such as feral cats and foxes have been permanently removed from fenced areas and islands to provide long term protection for native wildlife.

Local government agencies/bodies can apply for grants ranging from $500,000 up to $1.8 million and covering up to 100 percent of eligible project expenditure. Councils are also eligible to apply for grants as a lead organisation in a joint application.

The cut-off for grant applications is 11 January 2021, and projects eligible for grants must be completed by 31 May 2023.

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