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

7 November 1999

ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE GROUPS SHARE GOVERNMENT GRANTS OF $1.65 MILLION


Federal Environment and Heritage Minister, Robert Hill, today announced grants of $1.65 million to 106 voluntary environment and heritage groups.

Senator Hill said that the funding, through the government's "Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations" program recognised the important role that voluntary organisations play in protecting our natural and cultural heritage.

"This is the first year that 21 cultural heritage groups have been included in the program," Senator Hill said.

"A wide geographic range of regional organisations addressing many facets of Australian cultural heritage have received grants," Senator Hill said.

These include: the Araluen Botanic Park Foundation and the Carnarvon Heritage Group in Western Australia; Fort Scratchley Historical Society and the Richmond River Historical Society in New South Wales; Townsville Maritime Historical Society in Queensland; Melbourne's Living Museum of the West and the South Australian Railways Historical Society.

Ten environmental organisations have also been funded for the first time this year including: the New South Wales Bird Atlassers and the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators from New South Wales; The Tree Project and the Gould League from Victoria; the Kuranda Enviro Care, Mareeba Wetland Foundation and Great Sandy Region Conservation Council from Queensland; the Swan Catchment Council and the Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environment Centre in Western Australia; and Wild CARE in Tasmania.

"The increase in the number of groups funded means greater community involvement in activities to make sure that our air, water, forests, beaches and wilderness are clean and healthy and to ensure that our cultural heritage is maintained and protected," Senator Hill said.

"This focussed program enables the government to provide assistance to national, state and regional community groups and assists them to involve the wider community.

"Organisations are assessed on their record and their potential to contribute over the current year to the protection and enhancement of Australia's natural environment and cultural heritage. This year added emphasis has been placed on their ability to achieve real on-ground improvements.

"The diversity and quality of the applications submitted by these groups has been outstanding," Senator Hill said.

A full list of the grants to 85 natural heritage organisations and 21 cultural heritage organisations is attached.

Media contacts:
Senator Hill's office Matt Brown 02 6277 7640 0419 693 515
Environment Australia Sean Sullivan 02 6274 1460

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