Federal Government Announces $7 million Community Action Grants
Thursday, 17th November 2011 at 10:15 am
The Federal Government has announced that 365 community groups will share $7 million of Community Action Grants to help deliver local natural resource management, sustainable farming and environmental protection projects.
The announcement was made in a joint statement by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly
“Now in its third year, this program has enabled local community groups to take action and make a difference through the conservation and protection of their local environment,” Minister Ludwig said.
“The Federal Government recognises the important contribution that community groups such as Landcare, Coastcare and Indigenous organisations make in protecting our environment right across the country.”
Dr Kelly said that more than half of the funds will be invested in 222 Landcare projects across Australia in 2011-12.
“Community Landcare groups volunteer their time to participate in essential conservation activities including tree planting, weed and pest control, re-vegetation and educating the community on sustainable land management practices,” Dr Kelly said.
The 2011-12 Community Action Grants funding includes:
- 109 projects in New South Wales
- 85 projects in Queensland
- 90 projects in Victoria
- 41 projects in Western Australia
- 16 projects in South Australia
- 7 projects in Northern Territory
- 17 projects in Tasmania
To date, Community Action Grants have funded more than 1,250 projects to a value of $23.5 million and are delivered by 927 community groups across Australia.
For a list of successful Community Action Grant projects go to: http://www.nrm.gov.au/cag/cag-projects/2011-12/index.html.