Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, has announced that local community groups across the electorate will share in $140,430 for on-ground environmental projects thanks to the Australian Government's Communities Environment Program.
Grants between $2500 and $20,000 will go towards 13 local projects from Kiama to Tuross Head for environmental action like controlling pests, regenerating bushland and monitoring the local koala population.
Locally the Ulladulla Children's Centre got $22,000 for its Murramarang Indigenous Environmental Garden.
Shoalhaven City Council also received funding for several projects, including a greening trial, a weed removal and erosion project and an estuaries program.
"The South Coast has experienced a harrowing year that has impacted local people and our environment like never before, so I am thrilled to be announcing so many wonderful projects," Mrs Phillips sai
She made the announcement in Moruya while visiting the NSW WIRES Mid South Coast members who have received $6,380 under the program to treat wombat mange across the South Coast.
Mr Phillips said she was pleased to be delivering fantastic community projects like these that will benefit so much of the community.
"Environmental regeneration will play a huge role in our recovery from the fires and this is great news for our local community,"
"We know the invaluable role WIRES and other groups like them played during the bushfires, and since, so it is wonderful to be able to support them in their great work protecting our precious local wildlife," Fiona Phillips said.
"I want to sincerely thank all our local community groups for everything they have done to care for others during the bushfires - I have heard so many of these great stories of our true community spirit and it makes me so proud to be part of the South Coast," Mrs Phillips said.
Landowners who think they have wombats with mange on their property can ring WIRES on 1300 094 737.