Conservation group Willow Warriors will receive a $5000 grant from the state government to help tackle black willows, an invasive weed, in the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment.
The group will paddle waterways within the catchment to poison and prevent the weed from growing. The money will be used to educate landowners about eradicating the weed and to help maintain and purchase equipment for the group.
“This is a great example of a community project helping make a difference to our local environment, protecting the Nepean River,” said Penrith MP Stuart Ayres.
Penrith Council has also received two heritage grants over two years totalling $23,000.
“These two grants will go towards the cost of a local heritage advisor who will provide advice to the council on local heritage planning and conservation, and a locally run small grants program to encourage the community to protect their local heritage,” Mr Ayres said.
Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said this heritage funding was vital for communities to protect their heritage.
“I encourage people to use this week to explore their local heritage. There are a number of National Trust NSW Heritage Festival events running from 18 April until 21 May for people to celebrate our state’s heritage,” Ms Upton said.
A $40,000 grant to Blue Mountains City Council for conservation work on the state heritage listed Lennox Bridge in Glenbrook was also announced by Mr Ayres.
The council will receive $40,000 over two years for a stonemason to undertake the restoration work on the bridge, which is the oldest on mainland Australia.