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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

18 December 2006

SUPPORT FOR VOLUNTARY GROUPS

Conservation work carried out by local 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 Wannon, David Hawker, today called for applications for general-purpose grants from eligible local environment and heritage organisations.

Mr Hawker said the programme recognises the important role that voluntary organisations play in protecting our land, animals and historic places.

“The GVEHO programme is unique in that it provides practical funding for administrative costs rather than specific projects,” he said.

“The focus is on easing the burden of day-to-day running costs by making funds available for the administration costs of both large and small environment and heritage organisations. Grants to assist with capital costs such as the purchase of small items like computers, video cameras and specialised equipment to assist with delivering activities will also be considered.”

Mr Hawker said organisations are assessed both on their track record, and their potential to deliver on-ground environment projects or contribute to the protection of Australia’s heritage.

“Over the last five years the Australian Government has provided nearly $6 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 $3 million Sharing Australia’s Stories,” he said.

“I encourage all eligible groups to apply under GVEHO, and wish them the best of luck.”

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to $10,000 per year over the three-year funding period.

Guidelines and application forms for the GVEHO programme are available at http://www.deh.gov.au/programs/gveho, by email gveho@deh.gov.au or by telephone 02 6274 2422.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 2 February 2007.

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Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100