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

ENVIRONMENT GROUPS SHARE ALMOST $1.7 MILLION


25 December 1997
(153/97)

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced grants totalling almost $1.7 million for voluntary conservation groups.

The grants to 66 environment groups will be made under the Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations Program (GVCO).

The GVCO program supports conservation organisations by providing funding for administrative costs rather than specific projects. Organisations are assessed on their ability to contribute to the national, state and regional environmental effort.

Senator Hill says the grants recognise the important role voluntary organisations play in environmental issues.

"These groups are a key component in the effort to raise public awareness of the environmental challenges we face. They also can provide direction and technical expertise to the community in their efforts to work for a better environment.

"In helping the community to work for clean air, water, beaches, wilderness, and diverse flora and fauna, these groups provide a focal point for community effort."

Three new groups will benefit from this year's funding:

The program provides support to a range of groups across Australia including Environment Victoria ($108,000), Queensland Conservation Council ($108,000), Australian Conservation Foundation ($100,000), Nature Conservation Council of NSW ($97,500), Conservation Council of SA ($95,000), Conservation Council of WA ($83,000), World Wide Fund for Nature Australia ($65,000),Environment Centre NT ($65,000), and Tasmanian Environment Centre ($50,000).

The funding also supports high profile national organisations such as Keep Australia Beautiful ($70,500) and Clean-up Australia ($20,000) as well some less well known but important groups such as WA's Men of the Trees ($10,000), SA's Trees for Life ($10,000) and the Big Scrub Environment Centre in NSW ($5,000).

A total of $1,653,500 has been allocated in this year's grants. A full list of recipients for 1997-98 is attached.

Contact:

Matt Brown, Senator Hill's Office, 06-277-7640 or 0419 693 515
Margaret Clarke, Environment Australia, 06-274-1072

December 25, 1997
(153/97)


GRANTS TO VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION ORGANISATIONS 1997-98

NATIONAL $
Alternative Technology Association 12,000
Australian Committee for IUCN 25,600
Australian Conservation Foundation 100,000
Australian Ecological Society 6,000
Australian Marine Conservation Society 14,200
Australian National Parks Council 6,000
Australian Rainforest Conservation Society 21,000
Australian Rivers and Mineral Policy Institute 8,000
Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers 13,000
Birds Australia 14,000
Clean Up Australia 20,000
Earthwatch Australia 15,000
Eco-Design Foundation 12,000
Environs Australia 9,000
Humane Society International 15,000
Keep Australia Beautiful National Association 70,500
Marine Education Society of Australasia 8,500
Urban Ecology 10,000
Wilderness Society 50,000
World Wide Fund for Nature Australia 65,000
$494,800
NEW SOUTH WALES
Albury-Wodonga Environment Centre 10,000
Big Scrub Environment Centre 5,000
Futureworld 5,000
Murray Darling Association 25,000
National Parks Association of New South Wales 23,000
Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales 97,500
North Coast Environment Council 9,000
OZ Green (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) 8,000
Shortland Wetlands Centre 9,500
Total Environment Centre 22,000
$214,000
VICTORIA
Australian Platypus Conservancy 8,000
Centre for Education & Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) 8,000
Environment Victoria 108,000
Field Naturalists Club of Victoria 9,000
Goulburn Valley Environment Group 5,600
Project Jonah 8,000
Victorian National Parks Association 38,500
$185,100
QUEENSLAND
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 15,000
Capricorn Conservation Council 10,000
Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council 6,500
Mackay Conservation Group 6,500
National Parks Association of Queensland 9,000
North Queensland Conservation Council 10,000
Queensland Conservation Council 108,000
Sunshine Coast Environment Council 7,600
Toowoomba and Region Environment Council 6,000
Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council 5,000
Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland 17,500
$201,100
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Conservation Council of Western Australia 83,000
Denmark Environment Centre 6,000
Environment Centre of Western Australia 30,000
Malleefowl Preservation Group 8,000
Men of the Trees 10,000
South West Environment Centre 24,000
WA National Parks and Reserves Association 4,500
Wildflower Society of WA 8,000
$173,500
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Conservation Council of South Australia 95,000
Nature Conservation Society of South Australia 15,500
Trees for Life 10,000
$120,500
TASMANIA
Launceston Environment Centre 15,000
Tasmanian Conservation Trust 47,000
Tasmanian Environment Centre 50,000
$112,000
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Arid Lands Environment Centre 25,000
The Environment Centre N.T. 65,000
$90,000
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra and South-East Region Environment Centre 27,000
Conservation Council of the South-East Region and Canberra 26,500
$53,500
Special Purpose Grant
Conservation Council of Western Australia and The Environment Centre of the Northern Territory 9,000
TOTAL GRANTS $1,653,500
Commonwealth of Australia