Manyana Matters Environmental Association (MMEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Manyana Conservation Fund, managed by the charity partner for Australia’s National Parks, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW).
It is a significant step forward for the community and their supporters, who have been striving for several months to protect a biodiversity hotspot from residential development.
Donations made to the fund will go towards the purchase of unburnt habitat, as well as ongoing conservation and management of native forest in and around Manyana, a region on the south coast of New South Wales.
As the fundraising partner, FNPW will provide a platform for donations to be made securely by the Australian community in support of the cause.
FNPW’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Darbyshire says that there has never been a more important time to conserve what remains of Australia’s natural environment, particularly following the horrific bushfires of 2019-20.
“Now more than ever we are committed to healing our land. We lost so much in the devastating bushfires, so every single tree, plant and animal plays a vital role in healing our damaged habitats and landscapes.
“We’re proud to support the Manyana community to protect our natural environment for the generations to come,” Mr Darbyshire said.
MMEA President, Bill Eger says that he is delighted to have the support of such an experienced and respected national body.
“The Foundation has achieved some important milestones over the past 50 years in conserving Australia’s wilderness and wildlife. Having them onboard as a fundraising partner is a major step forward in our campaign to save the Manyana forest,” Mr Eger said.
The launch of the Manyana Conservation Fund coincides with a public commitment by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes to make a contribution to the purchase of the 20 hectares of native forest in Manyana slated to become a housing development.
Mr Eger says the timing could not be better. “This Fund gives our community and supporters the opportunity to show Minister Stokes we’re willing to be part of saving this forest forever.
“Our vision is to turn this beautiful habitat into a nature reserve honouring the human and animal lives lost in the Currowan megafire. This fund is another big step towards achieving this.
“The next piece in the puzzle is a commitment of a contribution from Shoalhaven City Council. It’s time for our councillors to represent the interests of the community who elected them,” Mr Eger added.
Donations to the Manyana Conservation Fund can be made at: https://support.fnpw.org.au/FNPW/Fundraising/FNPW-Gift-Items/Help-FNPW-protect-Manyana-forest.aspx