Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Gillard Government supports a sustainable Australia

Media release
29 February 2012

The Gillard Government is investing in volunteer organisations that work to protect the environment, preserve our heritage and manage our natural resources more sustainably.

Sustainability and Environment Minister, Tony Burke today announced that 163 community organisations will receive funding as part of the Grants to Voluntary Environment, Sustainability and Heritage Organisations (GVESHO) program.

“Volunteers and community groups do an incredible amount of work in conserving our environment and creating a more sustainable Australia,” Mr Burke said.

“These grants help cover the administration, training and operating costs of an organisation so volunteers can focus their efforts on creating a more sustainable Australia.

“This program has been running for many years and I was pleased to see a diverse range of applicants.

Today’s announcement not only sees funding for new applicants and initiatives but provides continued support for organisations who successfully reapplied for grants to further their work.”

Successful organisations range from state-wide operations covering vast areas to groups dedicated to public education and small community groups working to protect heritage icons.

“I congratulate all the grant recipients and thank them for working together to create a more sustainable Australia,” Mr Burke said. 

“I look forward to seeing the results of your hard work and hearing about how your projects are progressing.”

Every application was assessed independently by department officials in accordance with publicly available guidelines.

More information on the Grants to Voluntary Environment, Sustainability and Heritage Organisations program, including a full list of funded projects, is available at