Funding urban waterway revegetation so wildlife can thrive.
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Business, Government, Not-for-profit groups, Traditional Owner Corporations
Green Links is a $10 million investment to improve habitat, water quality, and provide cool green spaces for communities around our urban creeks, rivers and waterways.
The program aims to deliver up to 200 hectares of revegetation projects over 3 years. This will be achieved through targeted investment in revegetation works and associated on-ground activities.
Land and/or water managers, Traditional Owners, community groups and local government can apply for grants of between $20,000 and $2,000,000. Eligible projects will connect to waterways and adjacent areas identified in:
This investment builds on work underway to protect our iconic urban waterways from inappropriate development and complements the aspirations of Traditional Owners and the community for our waterways.
Applications for funding will close at 10am on Monday, 18 December 2023.
Why are we investing?
The health and amenity of our urban waterways is important and provides environmental, cultural, and social benefits. Our waterways:
support biodiversity and provide a home for more than 1,800 species of native plants and 600 species of native animals
are sites of significant importance and cultural value to Traditional Owners, who maintain unique cultural and spiritual connections to Country, and its waterways, plants, and animals
enhance community wellbeing by providing safe natural places for people to spend time and engage with nature. This has a measurable impact on reducing depression, anxiety, and stress.
Now is the time to act to avoid a decline in waterway health and habitat. With action, the environmental values of catchments can be maintained or improved. Increasing the extent and quality of streamside vegetation can improve habitat for birds, frogs, fish, and platypus. Revegetation can also protect catchment wetlands and floodplains, which provides places where people can connect with nature.
The Green Links investment will result in healthier local communities and environments.
In 2023-24 the Green Links grants program awarded $6.037 million in grants to support 23 projects.
Projects include $1.77 million to revegetate the corridor along the Barwon River, more than $700,000 to restore the Yarrowee River and $464,000 to improve habitat conditions and connectivity along a 4 kilometre stretch of the much-loved Merri Creek.
Round 1 funding targeted projects on waterways included in the Waterways of the West and Barre Warre Yulluk / the Rivers of the Barwon Action Plans, Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo – the Yarra Strategic Plan, and 14 waterways identified for stronger planning controls.
A total of $6 million is available through 2 funding streams. Any amount not needed from one funding stream may be moved to the other.
Projects that are discrete or small sites that have community benefits. Grants are available from $20,000 to $200,000. A total funding pool of $1 million is available.
Projects that involve multiple partners, across a region/area and with broad, catchment-scale benefits. Grants are available for amounts from $200,000 to $2 million. The total funding pool for this stream is $5 million.
Large projects will have to provide additional details when addressing the assessment criteria as part of the application process. Please review the full grant guidelines, including eligibility and application assessment criteria, before applying.