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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

The Hon Yvette D'ath MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation

Successful Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund projects announced

Joint media release
24 April 2013

Environment Minister Tony Burke and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation Yvette D'Ath today announced the 44 successful applications under the Australian Government's Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund Capacity Building and Business Support stream.

Mr Burke said through this program, the Australian Government is helping Indigenous Australians access carbon farming specialists, business development expertise and legal advice for their carbon farming projects.

“These projects are spread across Australia and range from undertaking feasibility assessments to developing carbon farming project ideas and existing carbon farming businesses,” Mr Burke said.

“This program will not only provide benefits for our environment but also provide employment opportunities in indigenous communities.”

Other successful proposals include feasibility assessment of carbon projects, community education, and the development of businesses to provide services or undertake carbon abatement and sequestration activities under the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

Mrs D'Ath said the projects have received funding to assist Indigenous communities to benefit from the Carbon Farming Initiative.

“The Research and Development stream of this initiative provides funding to underpin CFI methodologies and the development of tools for estimating and reporting on emissions,” Mrs D'Ath said.

“Up on Cape York Peninsula, where the project area covers an area of up to 2,300,000 ha in Aurukun, one group aims to avoid emissions of approximately 30,000 tonnes CO2 per year.”

The Fund will provide $22.3m over five years to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in the CFI. The CFI enables Indigenous landholders and land managers to earn carbon credits by undertaking projects to reduce emissions or store carbon. Types of projects include early season savannah burning and environmental plantings.

For more information, including a list of successful projects, go to http://www.environment.gov.au/cleanenergyfuture/icff/index.html.