Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced a Saving our Species grant of $22,600 from the NSW Government to Coolamon Shire Council for its work in protecting the Grey Box Woodland between Coolamon and Ganmain.

Ms Cooke congratulated the organisation, whose work will be overseen by a management committee including the Council, Coolamon Landcare, and the Kindra Bike and Walking Trail management committee.

“Grey Box Woodlands are endangered ecological communities so it’s wonderful to see Council and local groups taking up the charge at a grassroots level to protect and manage this natural asset,” Ms Cooke said.

This project will increase community awareness of a threatened ecological community within the Coolomon Shire. It will take actions such as fencing, weed control and revegetation to protect and enhance this valuable area.

These actions will also connect significant remnant forest areas located at Coolamon and Ganmain.

“The work this grant will fund will result in major benefits for the local environment as well as the community,” Ms Cooke said.

NSW Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton said that 28 organisations across NSW were sharing in more than $8 million of funding.

“The projects will deliver help threatened species and threatened ecological communities,” the minister said.

The Saving our Species Contestable Grant Program is a partnership between the Saving our Species program and the NSW Environmental Trust.

The NSW Government’s Saving our Species program is investing $100 million over five years to secure the future of NSW threatened plants and animals.

For more information on Saving our Species visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/sos