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Port Phillip gets a $650k boost for a healthier Port Phillip Bay

 

Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today announced more than $650K in grants for community-based programs that support a healthier Port Phillip Bay.

Funding is from the Andrews Labor Government’s Port Phillip Bay Fund, which delivers $10 million over four years into projects that support the health of Port Phillip Bay and the wider bay catchment area.

The first round of funding has delivered $3.57 million for 36 new projects by community groups, not for profits and government agencies. The 1-3 year projects include activities to reduce pollution in the Bay, enhance aquatic habitats, improve catchment health and increase community awareness.

Projects that received funding in the Port Phillip Area include:

  • Friends of Westgate Park Inc.
  • Port Phillip EcoCentre Inc.
  • Beach Patrol Australia Inc.

Port Phillip Bay is one of Victoria’s most precious natural assets: home to 10,000 marine plant and animal species, entrance to Australia’s busiest port, a catchment area of more than 3 million people, and supporting recreational fishing and tourism.

Mr Foley today also announced that applications for the second round of funding will open mid-2017 and encouraged local groups passionate about the Bay to get involved and apply.

More information on the fund and how to apply see:  https://www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/grants/port-phillip-bay-fund

Quotes attributed to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley

“The Port Phillip Bay Fund is another demonstration of our commitment to ensuring the health of the state’s environment and waterways.”

“Many waterways in Port Phillip lead into or have an impact on Port Phillip Bay, so we need to be mindful of how we interact and manage such vital natural resources.”