EMRC receives Lotterywest grant for a major environmental study

Published: Wednesday, 11 April 2018 at 5:31:38 PM

The EMRC has been granted funding of $92,926 from Lotterywest to coordinate an environmental research project with Murdoch University.

The project partnership will see the University undertake research in the EMRC member Councils of the Cities of Kalamunda and Swan and the Shire of Mundaring, to determine what native freshwater biodiversity is supported by farm dams.

The project will include training landholders as citizen scientists and increase the capacity of all landholders with farm dams to manage them to sustain native biodiversity through web-based knowledge dissemination.

The EMRC Chief Executive Officer, Peter Schneider said that the project is an example of the advocacy and coordination role the organisation undertakes on behalf of its member Councils for all those who live, work, play and do business in Perth’s Eastern Region.

"The EMRC is very committed to the environmental services it provides for the region," he said.

"This particular project is vital to prevent loss of biodiversity from freshwater bodies in our member Councils located in the Perth Hills. Many freshwater plants and animals rely on perennial water, yet that is becoming scarce in our landscape however small dams may provide this vital solution where water is otherwise scarce."

CEO Peter Schneider also said that the businesses in the region had indirectly contributed to this study becoming a reality.

"The Lotterywest products that are sold by retailers in Perth’s Eastern Region contribute to the overall funding source that provide the grants like this one awarded to the EMRC," he said.

The Murdoch University study will conclude in March 2019 with the findings expected to be released in July 2019.

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