Volunteer groups across the south-west have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in grants to restore and protect the local landscape.
The Mount Leura and Mount Sugarloaf reserves committee of management received just under $20000 to continue their decades-long restoration project.
"We are super excited and very fortunate to have had the support of the CMA over a number of years," Mount Leura project officer Becky McCann said.
"In part we will be focusing our efforts on the Victorian volcanic plans landscape and utilising the incredible community-driven restoration project happening at the reserve to raise awareness about the wider landscape.
"It's an amazing project that shows what's possible when volunteers and the community get together."
Ms McCann said when settlers arrived in the 1800s all the original vegetation was cleared to make way for grazing.
In the last 25 years the land care group has been undertaking a massive re-vegetation project in a bid to return the mountain to its original condition.
"It's not just about putting plants back, it's about educating people around how unique our landscape is," Ms McCann said.
"When it comes to the volcanic plains, less than one per cent of the vegetation is in tact.
"The project and this money will go towards growing under storey and significant volcanic plains species that will bring back the woodland birds that are completely missing in the area.
"Already we are starting to see wildlife come back - echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos, koalas - which really shows the magnitude of the project."
The group also hope to put the money towards educational programs with local schools.
The grants are delivered through the state's ten Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs).
Other local groups to receive grants through the Victorian Landcare Grants 2019-20 include:
- Heytesbury District Landcare Network: $19000 to improve the landscape and increase productivity with biofund
- Lismore Land Protection Group: $2450 to engage the Lismore community in landcare
- Mount Elephant Community Management Inc: $10000 to restore danthonia and themeda grasslands to Mount Elephant scoria cone
- Friends Great South West Walk Inc: $8000 for Cape Bridgewater erosion control, vegetation restoration, schools educational project 2020
- Hamilton Coleraine Rail Reserve Committee Of Management: $1300 for continuing the revegetation of the Coleraine monument walk section
- Southwest Environment Alliance: $36000 for 'Planning For Our Future' Landcare projects
- Upper Hopkins Land Management Group: $38000 for number of projects, including Waterway Protection Across The Top Of The Upper Hopkins Land Management Group Area
- Upper Mount Emu Creek Landcare Network on behalf Of Burrumbeet Landcare Group: $10000 for Lake Burrumbeet: Protection of the catchments largest freshwater lakes
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