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Community grants funding rehabilitates Galore Hill Scenic Reserve

The Riverina Local Land Services Community Grants Program 2017-18 will provide support to industry and community groups to carry out on-ground, capacity, education and other activities with a natural resource management and sustainable landscapes focus.

In a previous funding round Galore Hill Scenic Reserve has undergone major restoration works through funding from a community grants program.

The collaborative partnership has resulted in the rehabilitation of an iconic tourist destination in the Lockhart area of the Riverina.

Riverina Local Land Services Community Grants Project Manager Allie Hendy said the 510 hectare reserve was an extremely significant site in the Riverina with many remnant vegetation areas, indicative of pre-European settlement.

“Some parts of the reserve had been previously planted with locally indigenous trees, which had since died and were harbouring pest species,” she said.

“There was also old fencing and signage that needed removing and areas which required some enhancement through 10 hectares of direct seeding of locally native species.”

Ms Hendy said more than $30,000 had been invested in the program, which included in-kind support from Lockhart Shire Council.

“A significant part of the program was the development of flora and fauna survey, the results of which have been used to redevelop the Galore Hill Management Plan along with a Cultural Heritage study to be completed this year,” she said.

Lockhart Shire Council Environmental Officer, Tracey Geppert said through the community grants program they received an invaluable biodiversity survey which had identified many significant flora and fauna species within the reserve.

“Additional funding allowed us to undertake rehabilitation and remediation of degraded sites within the reserve, making it more accessible, safer and creating a more natural environment for visitors to enjoy,” she said.

Applications are open with the funding round closing on 30 September, however all funds may be fully allocated prior to this date.

For further information contact Project Manager, Allie Hendy on 6923 6364 or allie.hendy@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Tracey Bell - 02 6923 6353 / 0428 435 029.

Caption:  Lockhart Shire Council Environmental Officer, Tracey Geppert with Riverina Local Land Services Senior Land Services Officer (Aboriginal Communities), Greg Packer inspecting some of the caves at Galore Hill Scenic Reserve.