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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

 

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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
&
Federal Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
Senator Ian Macdonald

11 May 2004

$20 million for the Australian Government Envirofund


Australia's grass-roots environmental management practices are set to improve with the Australian Government today committing to extend the popular Envirofund in 2004-05.

Australian Environment Minister, Dr David Kemp, and Australian Conservation Minister, Senator Ian Macdonald, said $20 million had been allocated to continue the highly successful Envirofund, which is the key local component of the Natural Heritage Trust — the largest environmental rescue effort ever delivered by any Australian Government.

"Community groups can apply for grants from a few hundred dollars up to $30,000 to carry out on-ground actions to target local problems such as water quality, destruction of native vegetation, salinity and coastal erosion," Senator Macdonald said.

Dr Kemp said by funding smaller local projects, the Australian Government's Envirofund demonstrates to all Australians they can do their bit and make a real difference in protecting and enhancing our local environment and natural resources.

Now in its third year, Envirofund to date has provided $49.9 million to fund 3314 projects nationwide.

"Projects range from reversing land degradation to improving water quality and the environmental condition of our river systems and wetlands," Dr Kemp said.

"In the second funding round of 2003-04, projects that were in coastal and marine areas, rangelands and natural wetlands or those that encouraged indigenous involvement were encouraged," Senator Macdonald said.

"This was done to promote more projects in these areas which were under-represented in previous rounds. The Envirofund will again foster a whole of community approach."

Applications for funding from the first round of the Envirofund for 2004-05 are now open . Applications for the second round are expected to be invited in September/October.

For more information on the Australian Government Envirofund, visit: http://www.nht.gov.au/envirofund/index.html

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