Joint Media Release with Minister for the Environment The Hon Melissa Price MP
The Coalition Government will invest more than $22 million to deliver practical environmental projects, giving communities new opportunities to protect and care for their local environment.
The Communities Environment Program will provide up to $150,000 to each Federal electorate in 2019-20 for community-led projects that deliver real environmental benefits.
The program builds on the Coalition’s strong record of investing in grassroots environmental action through initiatives such as our $1 billion National Landcare Program and 20 Million Trees.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Communities Environment Program would support local community and environment groups deliver real environmental and heritage benefits.
“Territory community groups are already delivering excellent projects whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up waterways or preventing soil erosion,” Senator Scullion said.
“$150,000 will be available for local Territory groups in the two federal seats of Solomon and Lingiari to continue that work and support our local environment.”
Minister for the Environment, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the new program would protect the environment.
“From Sydney’s iconic waterways, to the beaches of Perth, to Port Phillip Bay and beyond, we will be supporting local groups to deliver clear and measurable benefits to our environment and our communities.
“The environment belongs to us all and Australians want to do their bit to protect and enhance the world around them for future generations.”
The program is modelled on the Government’s successful Stronger Communities program. Each electorate can receive funding for up to 20 projects, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000.
The program will fund small-scale projects that deliver outcomes for priorities such as restoring coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways, protecting native animals, reducing waste and litter, and greening local parks and urban areas.
A broad range of organisations will be eligible, including community clubs like Lions clubs and rotary clubs, Indigenous organisations, Landcare groups, schools, and other community and conservation groups..
More information is available at www.environment.gov.au/cep