Oct 20, 2010

Albanese welcomes support for community environmental projects

Albanese welcomes support for community environmental projects

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 20 2010

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today welcomed the Gillard Labor Government’s additional $241 million investment in 168 community environmental projects as part of the open call component of the 2010-11 Caring for our Country business plan.

This additional funding means Australia’s natural resources will be better protected thanks to a funding boost that will enable community groups to take action to protect the Australian landscape.

“The Caring for our Country program is an important initiative that supports volunteers and community groups who make such an important contribution to our natural environment.” Mr Albanese said.

Rural, urban and coastal community and Landcare groups, as well as landholders will share in over $60 million to improve, protect and better manage our natural and productive landscapes.

“The projects selected under the program will help reduce the impact of invasive species, protect coastal environments and critical aquatic habitats, increase sustainable land management practices and protect native habitats and World Heritage Areas,” Mr Albanese said.

A total of $2 billion has been invested in the Caring for our Country initiative to date.

All funding will be subject to contract negotiations. For further information about Caring for our Country including a list of funded projects visit www.nrm.gov.au.