The Australian Government has invested in the Yarra4Life area through its Caring for our Country program as follows.
During 2009/10, $449 500 was provided to fund the Yarra River Catchment woodlands project. The goal for this project was ‘Increasing landscape scale conservation – to increase by 6,700 farmers in priority regions adopting activities that contribute to the ongoing conservation and protection of biodiversity.’
The Yarra River Catchment Woodland Project achievements were:
- 18 farmers adopted practices to improve and protect woodlands on an ongoing basis
- 128 hectares of remnant woodland was protected under 4 year land management agreements
- 92 hectares of remnant woodland were improved
- 14 hectares of revegetation increased the area of woodland habitat.
For 2010/11 - > 2012/13, $630 000 has been provided to fund the Habitat Protection and Conservation project in the Yarra Valley. The goals for this project are to:
- Increase by at least 390 hectares the native habitat that is managed to reduce critical threats to biodiversity and enhance the condition, connectivity and resilience of habitats and landscapes
- Increase by 210, landowners adopting activities that contribute to the ongoing conservation and protection of biodiversity
- Increase the recruitment and retention of 420 volunteers in community groups involved in managing natural resources.
The project will engage with landowners around the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and work with them to protect, improve and increase the amount of habitat for wildlife on their properties.