More funding for wildlife, parks and waterways
The ACT’s environment, wildlife, parks, reserves and waterways will benefit from a $6.644 million mid-year budget boost.
The funding has been allocated to help conserve the ACT’s natural environment and native animals, build community engagement, provide more rangers on the ground and improve Lake Tuggeranong.
The RangerAssist Program and ACT Waterways will share in funding of $2,347,000.
The RangerAssist Program supports volunteers to work directly on important environmental conservation in our region, including bushfire recovery.
The funding will enable the continuation of ACT Waterwatch, which brings the Canberra community together to help to monitor and care for our sensitive catchment areas.
The Government has brought forward funding of $1.1 million to improve Lake Tuggeranong, including through a major pollutant trap that will help clean inflows.
This follows the construction of 20 ponds, rain gardens and other water infrastructure as part of the joint Australian and ACT governments’ Healthy Waterways project.
The Government is spending $1,033,000 on extra rangers to support and respond to urban wildlife call outs.
We are expanding our protection of the precious ecosystem of the ACT’s critically endangered Grassland Earless Dragon population, too.
This $2,164,000 in funding will also benefit the other native species that share important grassland habitats.