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Administrative support grants for voluntary conservation bodies



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Minister for Environment, . ' '.· · Housing .

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• . Community Development

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT GRANTS

FOR VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION BODIES

Details of grants totalling $350,000 to 26 voluntary conservation organisations throughout Australia were announced today by the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, Mr Ray Groom. .

The grants will help organisations meet administration expenses. ' ·

Mr Groom said that grants had been made on the condition of $2 for every $1 raised by the environment organisations.

Community support for the groups had been demonstrated by the way in which they had been able to meet this condition.

The Government had however, decided that from next year (1979/80) the matching grant would be made on a $1 for $1 basis. · . .

"I am announcing this today, so that the environment bodies can have as much time as possible to develop . alternative sources of finance", Mr Groom.said.

"The protection of the National Estate is not the respons­ ibility of government alone or of one group of people. It is something in which the whole community should be involved.

"Voluntary organisations like National Parks Associations, Conservation Councils and Environment Centres are a fine example of community involvement and concern for the protection of the National Estate". .

Mr Groom said that the grants to conservation bodies had been approved following advice from the Australian Heritage Commission. . ' ' ‘ . .

A list of the approved grants is attached.

14 NOVEMBER 1978

GRANTS TO VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION GROUPS 1978-79

. . · .... ■ $

Australian Conservation Foundation 100,000

Keep Australia Beautiful Council 15,000

Australian National· Parks Council.... - .950

Murray Valley Development League 5,000

Nature Conservation Council, N.S.W.) . ' ) 35,200

Environment Centre of N.S.W. )

National Parks Association of N.S.W. 8,550

North Coast Environment Centre, .

. Bellingen, N.S.W. 2,380

Conservation Council of Victoria . 18,330

Environment Centre, Victoria 8,550

National Parks Association, Victoria · . 6,150

Conservation Council of Queensland 34,300

Wide Bay-Burnett Conservation Council . ■ 2,850 Capricorn Conservation Council : 2,850

Townsville Regional Conservation Council 5,700

National Parks Association, Queensland . 2,850

Conservation Council of South Australia) . 19,050

Environment Centre, South Australia ·)

Nature Conservation Society of .

South Australia . ' - 5,700

Conservation Council of Western .

Australia . 7,650

Environment Centre, Western Australia '13,300

Conservation Trust, Tasmania . ■ . . ’ 13,310

Environment Centre, Tasmania 13,310

Environment Centre, Launceston 3,320

Canberra and South East Region . . .

Environment Centre 11,450

Environment Council, Northern Territory 14,250

TOTAL $350,000