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Grants for up to $50,000 for on-ground projects.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Monday, 27 February 2006

GRANTS FOR UP TO $50,000 FOR ON-GROUND PROJECTS

John Forrest The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today encouraged community groups and individuals in North Western to apply for grants of up to $50,000 from the Australian Government Envirofund for on-ground natural resource management projects.

Mr Forrest said Round 8 of the $20 million Envirofund is now open for applications. “I encourage anyone with an idea for a project to apply,” Mr Forrest said.

“The types of projects typically funded include planting native vegetation, fencing to protect habitat for native species, and weeding on public land like local reserves or beaches.

“Projects that increase the community’s skills and knowledge for undertaking on-ground projects are also eligible, as well as activities to raise awareness about local natural resource management issues.

“Improving natural resource management is a key aim of the Envirofund and applies to public and private land alike. For example, local farmers might consider applying for fencing to control stock accessing waterways so that riverbank habitats and water quality can be protected and improved, or doing some revegetation on their property to assist management of a catchment salinity problem.

“The last round of the Envirofund was a special drought recovery round targeting people in Exceptional Circumstances areas. This new round is for projects across Australia for projects impacting on all aspects of the environment including tropical, and coastal and marine areas as well as agricultural regions,” Mr Forrest said.

The Australian Government Envirofund is the local action component of the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

“The Envirofund demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting local projects that conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable use of resources.

“Since it was launched in 2002 the Australian Government has approved nearly 6,000 community-based projects and issued over $90 million in funding.”

Round 8 of the Envirofund is now open for applications for projects. Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 28 April 2006.

For copies of the application form visit www.nht.gov.au/envirofund or telephone 1800 065 823.

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-