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Grants for environmental research in A.C.T



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NEWS RELEASE

GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENT 17 OCTOBER,1984.

IN A.C.T.

The Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, Barry Cohen, today announced 66 new Australian Biological Resources Study Research Grants for 1985 with a total value of $864,000.

In awarding the Grants the Minister said it was pleasing that it had been possible to increase the allocation to the Program by 8%. He said that this was the first real increase for ABRS since the 1980-81 Budget and was an indication of the Government's

support for environmental research.

The Minister noted that it had been possible to award grants to all the states and to the Capital Territory with the disbursement of funds being as follows:

$ 123,056 202,362 92,936 95,961 184,517

15,000 144,902

5,250

Mr Cohen said that the projects covered a great variety of biological research.

In the A.C.T. descriptions of the flora of the Coral Sea Islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Ashmore and Cartier Islands will be written by Mr J.R. Telford of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This work will be supported by a grant of $15,000. The

project will be important part of volume 5 of the Flora of Australia, which will cover the important offshore territories of Australia

N.S.W Vic. Qld S. A. W. A.

Tas. A.C.T. (incl. CSIRO work in States) Overseas

Computerized access to the Australian National Wildlife Collection will be made possible by a grant of $24,460 to Dr. J. Calaby of CSIRO. Information on the collecting localities of specimens from many places in Australia will be a key part of a national project to accurately map the distribution of Australian mammals.