The Far South Coast Landcare Association (FSCLA) hopes to be successful in a new grant which would see $50,000 allocated to the group which works extensively along the Far South Coast.
In late May, the Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced that the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment was investing a landmark $14 million into the Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants Program.
The Program has been supported by the Australian Government's Bushfire Recovery Program for Wildlife and their Habitat.
These grants are for areas in NSW, QLD, the ACT, VIC and SA that were impacted by the Black Summer bushfires and specified which areas were able to apply.
Forests of the NSW South Coast, Alpine regions and Forests and coastal ecosystems of East Gippsland were among those areas mentioned.
Other environment networks and community groups working on bushfire recovery projects were also invited to apply and applications for the grants closed on Wednesday, June 16.
Jean Bentley from FSCLA announced that the group would be applying for a grant which would be beneficial to the 20 groups or so which fit under their umbrella.
The very successful Coastal Weeds Project is just one of the programs that has been run by FSCLA since 2007 with crews from Local Aboriginal Land Councils. They will be doing another sweep later this year. It is just one example of the extensive work Landcare does to maintain the environment around the Far South Coast each year.
The grant program would need to be completed by a fixed date of 29th April 2022.
Their plan would be to target their most, "active groups" working within the area and the funds would be allocated towards rejuvenating those groups in two main ways.
She said their group wanted to support its members and teams to get back together with one another by hosting events which would allow collaboration and communication to flourish.
These events would be catered and speakers would be invited in order to receive an update from those working groups and allow for members to inform the main branch about their progress and needs for the future in terms of bushfire recovery.
"We would like to find out if people are ready to move on from the fires to start again, but we are very much keeping it open to what people want and need at this point," said Ms Bentley.
In addition to the events, working bees would also be held and funds would go into hiring regeneration contractors who could share knowledge about their practices with the local groups and also assist with the often demanding physical activity required.
"Since a lot of our volunteers are older members of the community, it can often be difficult to carry out some of the tasks required such as using chainsaws or doing more intensive weeding.
"There are also jobs such as spraying chemicals which should be performed by those professional contractors," she said.
The group also provided news of the possibility of new Landcare groups coming on board including a working group in Tantawangalo and Eden as well as a new group in Bermagui.
The successful grant applicants will be notified on July 15.