$250,000 Grant for Bushcare
Pittwater is set to benefit from a $250,000 grant from the NSW Environmental Trust.
The grant, which will be spread over five years, was won by the Pittwater Environmental Foundation this month. The Foundation, which the Council established in 2006, has charitable status and was set up to promote the protection of Pittwater’s environment.
Mayor Harvey Rose said the grant funding would be used on a wide-ranging project conserving biodiversity within Ingleside Chase Escarpment Reserve.
“The project will control weeds, revitalise local bushland and protect wildlife corridors from Elanora Heights and Warriewood through to Ingleside,” he said.
“This is a great win for the Council and the community.”
Two of the main areas for weed control are Epworth Park and Irrawong Reserve in North Narrabeen next to Mullet Creek, where 60% of the vegetation in the area is weeds. The weeds will gradually be replaced over the next five years with native plants to reflect the endangered ecological vegetation of the area.
Another focus of the project will be conserving the wildlife corridor in the upper reaches of Mullet Creek stretching to Ingleside and restoring the corridor’s link to Ingleside Chase.
The Chase is the 70 hectare escarpment bushland reserve acquired by Pittwater Council over the last decade that extends from Elanora Heights to Mona Vale Road in the north.
Mayor Rose said that Council staff and contractors as well as local volunteers from the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association and Bushcare groups would work together to administer the grant funding.
Contact: Tracy Akerman
Phone: 9970 1626