Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Community Action Grants encourage sustainable land management practices
Joint media release
17 November 2010
The Gillard Labor Government today announced 453 successful Community Action Grants to local community groups across Australia, to support conservation of the Australian landscape.
Minister Burke said Community Action Grants are helping rural, urban and Indigenous community groups across the country protect the environment and adopt sustainable land management practices.
"The health of the Australian landscape depends on the work of volunteers and community groups, including improving farm practices, carrying out revegetation, controlling pest animals, weed removal and tree planting," Minister Burke said.
Minister Ludwig said the Community Action Grants would be used by local community groups to enhance their environment, while improving sustainable agricultural development.
"These community groups demonstrate that responsible environmental management can go hand in hand with economic development and expansion," Minister Ludwig said.
"Further, this announcement reinforces the Labor Government’s commitment to natural resource management issues by including $4.2 million for 233 Landcare projects.
"These groups will be involved in bringing together a wide cross-section of the community, from landholders, local council members, fire brigades and local families."
Dr Kelly said 19 projects were located in or adjacent to World Heritage Areas or National Reserves.
"These projects play a key role in preserving our natural icons, coastal environments and aquatic habitats," Dr Kelly said.
453 community groups will share more than $7.9 million through the Government’s Caring for our Country initiative.
The Community Action Grant funding includes:
- 137 projects in New South Wales
- 117 projects in Queensland
- 80 projects in Victoria
- 48 projects in South Australia
- 46 projects in Western Australia
- 14 projects in Tasmania
- 9 projects in the Northern Territory
- 2 projects in the Australian Capital Territory
A complete list of successful 2010-11 Community Action Grants projects is available at www.nrm.gov.au . Further information is also available by calling 1800 552 008.