Environmental grant to help with ex-pine forests
Trentham Golf Club has received a Commonwealth government environmental grant of $16,500 (inc. GST) to assist with the rehabilitation and replanting of 3 hectares of the course that were originally pine forests.
Planted in the 1970s, the pine forests were at the end of their commercial life, and were harvested early in 2019. While the club gained some royalty income, the cost of rehabilitation to native habitat (machinery cleanup, plants, labour, tree guards, advice etc.) is far higher than the royalties received and is estimated to be $30-40,000. The club's strategic plan aims for the areas to be replanted to native habitat for wildlife, and the club is currently organising mechanical clean-up and project timelines.
The grant was applied for in September 2019 and received in early January 2020 through the office of our local federal member Catherine King. Colin Wilson compiled the grant application and President Keith Webster was the contact point for Catherine's office. A working group of Geoff Durham, Kirsten Jensen, Trevor McKeon, Simon Ovenden and Colin Wilson is managing the project.