Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Caring for our Country funding to protect Australia's natural environment

Media release
30 November 2011

The Gillard Government will fund a further 43 projects across the nation to protect Australia’s natural environment through the open call component of Caring for our Country.

Minister for the Environment, Tony Burke, today announced that the 43 projects funded would protect the environment and safeguard our iconic natural places, plants and animals.

"Through Caring for our Country the Gillard Government is investing in a healthy, better protected and more resilient environment," Minister Burke said.

“Funding will be provided to rural, urban, Indigenous and coastal community groups to undertake projects to manage World Heritage areas, increase native habitat, protect Ramsar wetlands, and improve the health of our coastal and aquatic environments.

“The great part of Caring for our Country is that it supports volunteers and community groups to make a real difference to their local area.

Tony Burke said that protecting World Heritage areas was a key focus of the latest round of Caring for our Country funding.

“We now are investing more than $1.5 million to manage World Heritage sites around Australia,” Mr Burke said.

“Monitoring and continuing work on world heritage sites ensure that they are protected and conserved into the future.

“More than $500,000 is being provided to support a feral animal control program on the Ningaloo Coast.

“More than $100,000 is being provided to support indigenous participation and reducing the impact of fire on the Bungle Bungle World Heritage area.

“A further $400,000 is being provided to restore and protect 105 hectares of critically endangered Mabi forest building connectivity and resilience in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area.

Today’s announcement builds on the $31.3 million in funding for other open call projects, $66.4 million for Australia’s regional natural resource management organisations to help protect our biodiversity and enhance our sustainable use of resources, as well as $38 million for Great Barrier Reef water quality improvements.

For further information about Caring for our Country including a list of funded projects visit .