$30,000 support for groups affected by Bangor fire and flood

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A special round of grants is now available to community groups affected by the recent fire and flood at Bangor thanks to the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board.

Presiding Member of the Northern and Yorke NRM Board Caroline Schaefer said a grant pool of $30,000 has been established to help communities rehabilitate soil, waterways and wildlife impacted by these devastating events.

Individual community groups may apply for a maximum of $10,000 per project.

“The Bangor fire and flood has had a catastrophic impact on natural and agricultural ecosystems and livelihoods in our community. In some situations, recovery will be a long term prospect,” said Caroline.

“Communities are the heart of managing our natural resources and we want to make sure that farmers, community groups and volunteers have the resources they need over the coming months to get back on track as quickly as possible.

“Initially many people need help to clean-up and then there’ll be landscaping and replanting work to help ecosystems recover.''

In some areas, heavy earthmoving equipment will be needed to clear burnt ground, repair damaged waterways or create fire breaks. Infrastructure like water tanks, pipes, troughs and fences will also need replacing.

Farmers may need to fence off areas to help vegetation recover; cultivate to reduce wind erosion on burnt ground; or create sediment traps to stop run-off from burnt ground contaminating dams.

''These grants will support groups in their efforts to rehabilitate our natural resources and help our community to recover,” Caroline said.

Applications for grants open on Thursday 1 May and close on Friday 23 May, 2014. For application guidelines visit the grants and funding page on our website.

You can also call the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8841 3444 for help with your application.

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