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Emerald community receives $26,688 Envirofund grant.



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Joint Media Release Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage Dr David Kemp & Federal Member for La Trobe Bob Charles, MP

7 May 2004

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Emerald community receives $26,688 Envirofund grant

A local Landcare group from Emerald in Victoria has received $26,688 from the Australian Government Envirofund to restore native bush in the Southern Yarra River Catchments.

The grass-roots investment, derived from the $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust, was announced today by Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp.

While visiting Trumpington Grove near Emerald with Federal Member for La Trobe, Bob Charles, Dr Kemp congratulated the Johns Hill Reserve Landcare Group on their successful Envirofund application in the final funding round for 2003-04.

“This $26,688 investment will help the group undertake weed control, erect 180m of fencing and plant 7,000 indigenous trees, shrubs and groundcovers to 12 project sites covering three hectares,” he said.

“By rehabilitating these sites, volunteers will assist in creating indigenous biodiversity links from the Dandenong Ranges National Park to the Menzies Creek catchment, Cardinia Dam and surrounds, and Beenak Forest further east in the south-eastern Yarra River catchments.”

Local Member for La Trobe, Bob Charles, said the 12 project sites were located between Menzies Creek and Cockatoo.

“These projects form part of ongoing restoration work involving the Shire of Yarra Ranges, Cardinia Shire Council, Parks Victoria, University of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, as well as local schools, community groups and businesses,” he said

“This project is the very essence of the Australian Government Envirofund - harnessing the local knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of community groups like those in the local region to help our local environment.”

The Australian Government Envirofund grant of $26,688 will be boosted by $43,012 in in-kind contributions from the project group and associated stakeholders

Dr Kemp said the Australian Government Envirofund has provided $8.5 million for 646 projects across Australia in the second round for 2003-04. These latest projects bring the total expenditure through the

Envirofund to $49.9 million since the program was introduced in April 2002.

Dr Kemp and Mr Charles encouraged community groups across Australia to apply for the next round of Envirofund, which is now open. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 9 July 2004 . For application forms, phone 1800 065 823 or visit www.nht.gov.au

For further details about the Restoration of Native Bush in Southern Yarra River Catchments phone Karen Alexander, Johns Hill Landcare Group on (03) 5968 4651.