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East Gippsland Water Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation Grants

The Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation Grants Program has been developed as part of East Gippsland Water’s 2018-2023 Pricing Submission (business plan).

During extensive community engagement undertaken for the price submission, customers told us they wanted East Gippsland Water to be more environmentally focused and to do more for our local environment. As a result we have developed the grants program.

This initiative is also supported through the Victorian Government’s Water for Victoria strategy, Resilient and Liveable Cities and Towns, which focuses on Victoria being a vibrant place to live, work and visit – with cities and towns that support thriving communities and attract business and industry. Water is seen as a vital resource for our health and wellbeing – keeping our trees, sporting fields and parks green, and supporting businesses and industries that rely on a secure water supply. The aim is to improve liveability and resilience across our region.

The program will run each year of the price submission, with applications open to educational and community groups across the East Gippsland region.

Grants can be for any native vegetation or habitat creation project that meets the application criteria.

For grant enquiries please complete the form below, or contact our Community Engagement Team on 1800 671 841.

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Completed projects

Since the launch of the Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation Grants program in 2018, numerous East Gippsland educational and community groups have received grants. Click on the button to read more about successfully completed projects.

The full list of Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation Grant recipients and their projects are listed below.

Projects to receive funding in Round 1

  • Anglican EarthcareGippsland – The Abbey Raymond Island Revegetation Project – Completed
  • Gippsland Lakes Community Health – Edible Native Vegetable Garden at the Coates Road, Lakes Entrance Kindergarten – Completed
  • St Brendan’s Primary School, Lakes Entrance – Indigenous Edible Garden – Completed
  • Paynesville Cemetery Trust – Development of Native Vegetation and Bird Habitat – Completed
  • Nagle College, Bairnsdale – Nagle College Rainforest Project
  • Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group – Rejuvenate the Poet’s Walk Swifts Creek – Completed
  • Swifts Creek P-12 School – Teaching about the Tambo
  • Toorloo Arm Primary School – Centenary Garden – Completed
  • Hope Restart Centre, Bairnsdale – The Hope Revegetation Project


Projects to receive funding in Round 2

  • Buchan Primary School – Bring Back the Birds (to receive three years funding, including some $8,000 this financial year) – Completed


Projects to receive funding in Round 3

  • East Gippsland Landcare Network  – Landcare Groups Revegetating East Gippsland – Completed
  • Orbost Secondary College – Pathways to Learning – Completed
  • Paynesville Landcare Coastcare Group – Sunset Drive Groundsel Control and Remediation- Completed
  • Swan Reach Primary School – Swanny Secret Wellbeing Garden – Completed


Projects to receive funding in Round 4

  • Lakes Entrance Secondary College – Indigenous Garden Project – Completed
  • St Brendan’s Primary School, Lakes Entrance – Indigenous Learning Project – Completed
  • St Joseph’s Primary School, Orbost – Native Garden for Wildlife – Completed
  • Wild Cherry School, Bairnsdale – Frog Pond and Creek Habitat – Completed


Projects to receive funding in Round 5

  • Twin Rivers Men’s Shed Associates Inc – Creation of Habitat for Local Native Species
  • Marlo Primary School – Indigenous Garden and Outdoor Learning Space
  • Anglican Earthcare Gippsland Inc – The Old Entrance: Habitat Restoration and Revegetation
  • Friends of Mallacoota – Native Plant Growing Facility, Mallacoota – Completed
  • Nagle College – Indigenous Bush Tucker Garden
  • St Brendan’s Primary School – Outdoor Indigenous Garden Project
  • East Gippsland Landcare Network – Revegetation solutions for land management problems

Projects to receive funding in Round 6

  • Toorloo Arm Primary School- Wildlife Corridor


Projects to receive funding in Round 7

  • East Gippsland Rail Trail – Revegetation, weed control and protection of rare vegetation

Projects to receive funding in Round 8 so far

  • Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group, Rejuvenate the Poets Walk Swifts Creek project