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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

15 December 2000

ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE GROUPS SHARE $1.5 MILLION


Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill today announced grants of $1.5 million to a range of voluntary environment and heritage organisations.

Senator Hill said this round of funding, through the Government's Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations program, this year included 17 new groups within a total of 108 recipients.

"The grants provide funding for administrative costs, rather than specific projects. Organisations are assessed on their record and their potential to contribute over the current year to the protection and enhancement of Australia's natural environment and cultural heritage," Senator Hill said.

"This funding recognises the important role voluntary groups play in protecting our natural and cultural heritage.

"The program supports groups working to involve the community in activities to keep our air, water, forests, beaches and wilderness healthy and to ensure our cultural heritage is protected for future generations.

"This year, emphasis has been placed on the ability of the organisations to achieve real on-ground improvements to the environment and cultural heritage."

Senator Hill said it was important to recognise the administrative needs of community groups.

"This funding provides this assistance to national, state and regional community groups so they can continue to involve the community in activities to protect and enhance our natural and cultural heritage."

Groups to receive funding from the program for the first time include Nature Foundation SA, the Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue Association, Citizens Wildlife Corridor Armidale in New South Wales, South Gippsland Conservation Society in Victoria and Tenterfield Railway Station Preservation Society.

A full list of the grants to natural heritage organisations and cultural heritage organisations is attached.

The full list of the grants to natural heritage organisations and cultural heritage organisations is available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view it.

December 15, 2000

Contact: Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) 08 82377920 or 0419258364

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