Landholders in part of north-west Victoria will be paid $1 million to protect and improve native vegetation on private properties through the State Government’s BushTender scheme.
Environment Minister Gavin Jennings said agreements were being finalised with 19 landholders in the Victorian Mallee and northern Wimmera regions who will receive their BushTender payments as extra income over five years.
The agreements will result in around 2900 hectares of native vegetation being restored on private land, improving the health of Victoria’s ecosystems.
Under BushTender, the landholders participated in a competitive tender, nominating what they will do to protect and improve native vegetation on their property and how much they should be paid by the Victorian Government for the work.
BushTender funding covers work such as tackling weeds and pests, establishing stock-proof fencing and replanting native vegetation.
"Around 17,000 hectares of native vegetation on private land has been managed and protected through the BushTender program since 2001 and this additional funding will drive this effort further across Victoria," Environment Minister Gavin Jennings said.
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