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 to support 43 projects across Australia

Media release
8 February 2012

43 groups from across Australia will benefit from increased support from the Gillard Government under Caring for our Country.

Environment and Sustainability Minister, Tony Burke, today announced that the Government would invest in 43 groups across the country.

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

“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.”

The latest round focuses on the Environmental Stewardship program which supports farmers in managing important environmental sites.

“The Government will invest over $1.75 million in environmental stewardship projects in Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia,” Mr Burke said.

 “The Environmental Stewardship Program provides communities with long-term opportunities to get involved with land conservation.

“These projects support the good work that our farmers already do in looking after the environment on their own land.”

In New South Wales a project will address landscape degradation by restoring 330 hectares of threatened woodland ecosystems, reduce erosion and enhance agricultural productivity in the state’s south, north and central west.

The Government will also support 11 targeted projects to establish local wildlife corridors building on the Government’s commitment to establish a National Wildlife Corridor Plan.

“Wildlife corridors provide critical links across the landscape for the habitat of native plants and animals,” Mr Burke said.

“The Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group will receive more than $192,000 to work with landholders, community organisations and Indigenous groups to improve the condition, connectivity and resilience of lowland rainforests in New South Wales and reduce critical threats to biodiversity.”

Further information and a list of successful recipients is available at www.nrm.gov.au/funding/approved/2011-12/index.html.

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