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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

8 April 2005

Practical support for voluntary groups


Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today called for applications for general-purpose grants from eligible environment and heritage organisations.

Conservation work carried out by Australia's voluntary organisations will get a welcome boost under the Australian Government's programme of Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations (GVEHO).

Senator Campbell said the programme recognises the important role that voluntary organisations play in protecting our land, animals and historic places.

"We are lucky in Australia to have so many people dedicated to caring for the Australian landscape and living history, often on their own time and with limited resources," Senator Campbell said.

"GVEHO grants provide organisations with practical funding to help them deliver services and projects that protect and conserve our natural environment and historic heritage.

"Organisations are assessed both on their track record, and their potential to deliver on-ground environment projects or contribute to the protection of Australia's heritage.

"With this support, communities are safeguarding habitat for native plants and animals, improving water-based ecosystems and tackling introduced pests. They're also conserving our unique heritage so that future generations can share in the Australian story.

"Over the last five years the Australian Government has provided over $7 million to environment and heritage organisations under this programme. Groups can also access funding under the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust, $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and the $3 million Sharing Australia's Stories programme.

"I encourage all eligible groups to apply under GVEHO, and wish them the best of luck."

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to three years to a value of up to $10,000 per year. However, grants of higher amounts will be considered in exceptional circumstances and where there is a demonstrated need.

Guidelines and application forms for the GVEHO Programme are available at http://www.deh.gov.au/programs/gveho, by email gveho@deh.gov.au or by telephone (02) 6274 2422.
Applications close at 12pm (AEST) on Friday 6 May 2005.

Media Contact:
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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