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Envirofund a roaring success.

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Envirofund a roaring success

DAFF04/75M 7 May 2004

Community groups from across regional Queensland are again teaming up with the Australian Government to tackle local environmental problems head-on, thanks to $8.5 million from the Australian Government Envirofund.

Conservation Minister and north Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald said dozens of projects from the far north to central Queensland had been given grants ranging up to $30,000 to undertake local projects aimed at conserving native plants and wildlife, and promoting natural resource management.

Senator Macdonald said the popular Envirofund was the local community component of the Australian Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust - the largest environmental rescue effort ever undertaken by an Australian Government.

"Through Envirofund, community groups can carry out effective on-ground work such as tree-planting, fencing, weeding and seed-collecting to target local problems such as salinity, water quality, protection of native vegetation and coastal erosion," he said.

Senator Macdonald said these latest projects bring the total expenditure through the Australian Government Envirofund to $49.9 million since the program was introduced in April 2002. This funding has gone towards more than 3,000 environmental projects Australia-wide. Two rounds of funding are offered each year, and for those who missed out this time, the next round for 2004-05 is now open.

"The proven success of the Envirofund hinges on the commitment of regional communities in identifying local environmental and natural resource management problems, developing local solutions and working cooperatively to implement them," he said.

"Applications for grants were very competitive and of a high standard. The successful applicants are to be commended for their efforts and we look forward to seeing the results of their hard work," he said.

Applications for the next round of Envirofund close at 5pm on Friday 9 July 2004. For application forms, phone 1800 065 823 or visit

A list of successful applicants in the Capricornia region is attached [PDF 114KB].

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: David Crisafulli 0400 144 483