Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today congratulated Threatened Species Conservancy on receiving a grant of $19,985 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteering Innovation Fund.
The $2 million Fund is supporting conservation projects, like Threatened Species Conservancy, whose project will create an innovative volunteer citizen science project to monitor and survey the threatened Fryerstown Grevillea.
Data will aid in the design of recovery programs based on the most up-to-date information about population survivorship and threatening processes and evaluation of current recovery programs. Data will be gathered using a tablet-based data gathering interface, enabling volunteers to record survey data in real time.
Twenty innovative volunteer projects have been awarded more than $300,000, with funding of up to $20,000 per project, including:
- Earthwatch Australia – Addition of a ‘Trails’ feature extension on the redeveloped ClimateWatch smartphone app. The ‘Trails’ feature will allow users to select the Trail they are on before making observations. The ‘Trails’ extension will zoom in, showing a map of the Trail within the app.
- Jane Goodalls’ Roots and Shoots Australia – Year-long leadership program for 15 young adults (18-30 year olds) co-ordinated by a culturally diverse team of young volunteers.
The Volunteering Innovation Fund will support people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community.
The Fund will run from 2020-2023 awarding a total of $2 million across four different rounds allocated as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.
Round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund opens at 9am Thursday 11 March with funding of up to $50,000 available per project. The public will be invited to vote for successful applications through Engage Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“The Threatened Species Conservancy project is a wonderful example of innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of people volunteering in our parks, in particular increasing the number of volunteers participating for the first time.”
“The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on the incredible work of existing volunteers and inviting others to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.”
“I encourage all local groups across Northern Victoria apply for Round 2 of the Volunteering Innovation Fund when it opens on 11 March.”