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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Federal Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
29 April 2005
Thousands of volunteers across Australia are ready to roll up their sleeves and do their bit for the environment and sustainable agriculture following today's announcement of Round 6 of the Australian Government Envirofund.
Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald approved a total of $11.3 million in funding for 710 Envirofund projects.
Senator Campbell today thanked the thousands of volunteers who since 2002 have helped to restore and conserve our natural resources.
"The dedication of so many individuals and community groups to tackle local environmental issues is a resounding endorsement of the Australian Government Envirofund," he said.
"This brings the total projects funded to over 4,700 since Envirofund commenced in 2002 with total grants reaching over $70 million.
"Individuals and community groups have already made significant headway in improving agricultural lands and environmental hot-spots by reducing weeds, targeting salinity, improving water quality, monitoring threatened species, and addressing erosion. I look forward to seeing the results of the Round 6 projects."
Envirofund is the community component of the Australian Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust. Individuals and groups can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for local projects such as native vegetation planting, fencing to protect remnant vegetation, skill and knowledge building activities, and trials of new techniques for sustainable farming, forestry or fishing. Grants of up to $50,000 will be considered where extra funding can be justified.
Senator Macdonald said Envirofund was the flagship of the Australian Government's commitment to local environment and conservation.
"It empowers regional communities to carry out on-ground projects that improve sustainable resource management, enhance biodiversity, develop capacity and raise community awareness.
"These people are doing critical work to safeguard our natural resources for future generations. I urge Australians to apply for a grant to make a difference to the environment."
Senator Macdonald said in addition to the Australian Government's $11.3 million being granted nationally, applicants would be providing an impressive $9.7 million either in-cash or in-kind as their contribution to projects.
Envirofund is moving to one round per year with Round 7 opening later in 2005. Dates for Round 7 will be posted on the www.nht.gov.au/envirofund website.
REGIONAL MEDIA: CHECK www.nht.gov.au/envirofund FOR YOUR LOCAL ENVIROFUND APPROVALS
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
David Crisafulli (Senator Macdonald's office) 02 6277 7270 or 0400 144 483