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Bandicoot conservation grant for Friends

The Gardens congratulates the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne on being awarded a $20,000 funding grant in the latest round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Communities for Nature environmental grants program.

The grant will allow the Friends to implement weed control programs at the Gardens over the next two years.

Cranbourne Gardens is home to the largest known population of Southern Brown Bandicoots in the Melbourne and Westernport regions – over 500 at last count in 2013 – making the conservation and protection of these marsupials a high priority.

Richard Clarke, President of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, says the Friends look forward to getting started on this important project.

“We are delighted to be awarded this grant from the Victorian Government through the Port Philip and Westernport Catchment Authority,” he said.

“The grant will be used to reduce weed infestation around the Gardens’ perimeter, to improve the quality of habitat, and improve the biodiversity of the area.”

The weed control program will begin in March 2014 and conclude in March 2016.