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Support for voluntary groups.

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Press Release Ref: 1481 Published: 11/4/2005 Title: Support for Voluntary Groups

Conservation work carried out by Australia’s voluntary organisations will get a welcome boost under the Australian Government’s programme of Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations (GVEHO).

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn is encouraging all eligible environment and heritage organisations in his electorate to apply for the grant and said the programme supports the role voluntary organisations play in protecting our land, animals and historic places.

“Thousands of Australians dedicate themselves to caring for the landscape and significant places, often in their own time and with restricted resources,” Mr Nairn said.

“The GVEHO programme provides organisations with practical funding to help them deliver services and projects that protect and conserve our natural environment and historic heritage.

“The programme supports activities such as habitat recovery for native plants and animals, water quality improvement, and tackling introduced pests and other threats to biodiversity. It also supports groups working to conserve our historic heritage so we can continue to experience this nation’s proud history."

Over the last five years the Australian Government has provided more than $7 million to environment and heritage organisations under this programme. Groups can also access funding under the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust, $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and the $3 million Sharing Australia’s Stories Programme.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to three years to a value of up to $10,000 per year. However, grants of higher amounts will be considered in exceptional circumstances and

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where there is a demonstrated need.

Information and application forms for the GVEHO Programme are available at, by email or by telephone (02) 6274 2422. Applications close at 12pm on Friday 6 May 2005.