The Mornington Peninsula Shire is pleased to announce Bio links Support Grant Program to contribute to on-ground biodiversity outcomes through bio links on private and/or public land, that align with the objectives and actions of the Mornington Peninsula Biodiversity Conservation Plan.
A biolink, also known as a habitat corridor, links separate habitat patches and aims to support biodiversity by:
- Reducing fragmentation by building upon and ultimately connecting habitat patches that have been subdivided, reduced and/or isolated.
- Providing habitat for wildlife that can persist in narrow corridors, or use them for foraging, breeding or sheltering
- Providing pathways for individual animals to move between patches.
- Facilitating genetic exchange between populations in isolated habitat patches, therefore reducing their risk of local extinction.
- Enabling decolonization of patches where species are locally extinct.
- Enabling species to disperse to areas with more suitable climatic conditions in the face of climate change.
The Plan contains six strategic directions highlighting the main areas of focus:
- Engaging with the community and building stewardship
- Facilitating biodiversity conservation on private land
- Protecting biodiversity through planning and policy
- Building a strong knowledge base
- Demonstrating and leading best-practice land management
- Building ecosystem resilience in a changing climate
- Funding up to $10,000 is available to support biolink projects in 2021
- Projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding and a full report on project outcomes provided back to Council.
To be eligible for consideration for funding, the project/activity must:
- Take place within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government area.
- Be completed within 12 months of funding.
- Incorporated bushland friends groups, Landcare groups, and other interested not for profit community groups that have an understanding of biolinks and capacity to undertake the project.
- Maximum of two applications per organization can be accepted (not the same project). Projects previously funded by Council are eligible if it is for an expansion of the existing project.
- Applicants must have the appropriate type and level of insurance for the activities that are the subject of this grant.
- Does not owe any money or reports (acquittal) as a result of previous Shire funding or grants.
- ABN and incorporation status must be identified in application.
For more information, visit https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Community-Services/Grants-and-Awards/Biolinks-Support-Grant