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Nature Reserve Community Group In Ocean Grove Benefits From Volunteering Innovation Fund

Duty Member Gayle Tierney on behalf of Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, today congratulated Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve on receiving a grant of almost $10,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteering Innovation Fund.

The $2 million Fund is supporting conservation projects, like Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, whose project will create a new web app to adapt and expand the capability of an existing app called Surf Coast Nature Search. Volunteers will be able to collect photos and information, and actively contribute to building a database of the organisms within the reserve.

Twenty innovative volunteer projects have been awarded more than $300,000, with funding of up to $20,000 per project.

The Volunteering Innovation Fund will support people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community.

The Fund will run from 2020-2023 awarding a total of $2 million across four different rounds allocated as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program. Round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund opens at 9am Thursday 11 March with funding of up to $50,000 available per project. The public will be invited to vote for successful applications through Engage Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Duty MP Gayle Tierney on behalf of Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve’s project is a wonderful example of innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of people volunteering in our parks, in particular increasing the number of volunteers participating for the first time.”

“The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on the incredible work of existing volunteers and inviting others to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.”

“I encourage all local groups in the Bellarine to apply for Round 2 of the Volunteering Innovation Fund when it opens on 11 March”