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

20 April 2001

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO HELP SAVE OUR THREATENED SPECIES


Community groups around Australia are being encouraged to apply for funding from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust to help save Australia's threatened species and ecological communities.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said the Threatened Species Network Community Grants are an opportunity for people around the country to get involved in on-ground activities to protect threatened species.

"The Threatened Species Network Community Grants are a joint initiative of the Natural Heritage Trust and the World Wide Fund for Nature and provide funding for community organisations to help address the loss of plant and fauna species in Australia. To date, the Threatened Species Network has supported over 130 projects around Australia, thanks to Trust funding of over $1.49 million," Senator Hill said.

"Approximately $500,000 will be available nationally in this round and applications for up to $50,000 are invited from community groups for projects such as habitat restoration, weeding and feral animal control, population survey and monitoring, fencing, and fire management.

"The Threatened Species Network Community Grants have been running since 1999 and the projects completed under the Grants so far have seen conservation work undertaken on over 44,000 hectares and the participation of over 1500 volunteers."

Senator Hill said the Threatened Species Network Community Grants are an excellent example of the environmental outcomes that can be achieved when governments, conservation groups such as the World Wide Fund for Nature and local communities work together.

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Australia CEO, Dr David Butcher says "Local communities can play a very important role in helping to bring species back from the brink of extinction.

"There are some inspiring examples from around Australia of dedicated individuals and community groups working in their local areas to remove threats to and restore the habitat of threatened species such as Malleefowl, Tiger Quoll, Perennial Blown Grass and Mary River Cod," he said.

"There is a great deal of community interest in threatened species conservation, and these Grants will enable a range of groups to undertake critical project work necessary to protect local populations of threatened species and their habitat."

Applications for this round of the TSN Community Grants close on 23 June 2001. Application forms can be obtained by contacting your Threatened Species Network State Coordinator (call WWF on 1800 251 573 to obtain Coordinator contact details) or go to the TSN website: http://www.nccnsw.org.au/member/tsn

20 April 2001

Contacts:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill) (02) 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Amanda Nickson (WWF) (02) 9281 5515 or 0413 274 217

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