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$1500 grant to support Kulkyne Way Landcare Group.

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

Monday, 10 July 2006


The work of the Kulkyne Way Landcare Group has received a boost today with the announcement of the Australian Government’s Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations (GVEHO) programme.

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee MP said “I am pleased the Kulkyne Way Landcare Group has been provided $1500 for the protection of the local environment.

“The GVEHO programme recognises the important role that voluntary organisations play in protecting our land, plants, animals and historic places,” Mr Forrest said.

Mr Forrest advised that the funds will help with the administrative costs of the group who undertakes a variety of environmental management projects included boxthorn removal, bridal creeper biological control and river bank erosion control.

“We are lucky in Australia to have so many people dedicated to caring for the Australian landscape and living history, often on their own time and with few resources. There are literally thousands upon thousands of committed volunteers across Australia who care enough about their local native plants and animals, wetlands and river foreshores, or small piece of Australia’s history to be involved in their ongoing protection and conservation.

“In allocating this year’s grants each group’s track record was considered, as well as their potential to deliver on-ground environment projects or contribute to the protection of Australia’s heritage.

“Over the last 10 years, the Australian Government has provided over $13.6 million to 289 environment and heritage groups under this programme.

“To assist those in the community interested in undertaking environment or heritage protection activities, the Government has prepared a booklet outlining the avenues available to access funding support. Information is available at or by contacting the Department of the Environment and Heritage on 1800 803 772.”

This announcement follows the recent awarding of $61 million to 1750 community groups to undertake water saving projects across Australia, under the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants programme (part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund) and $20 million available in the current Australian Government Envirofund round.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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