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Funding available for local environment projects

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Date : 19 August 2019

Author: The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
Treasurer

MEDIA RELEASE

19 August 2019

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT PROJECTS

The Morrison Government is investing more than $22 million in a new program to support local environmental projects, giving communities in Kooyong new opportunities to protect and care for our natural environment.

Under the Government’s Communities Environment Program, each electorate will be provided with up to $150,000 to fund up to 20 local projects, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 per project.

The Communities Environment Program will empower local community groups to deliver practical improvements to the local environment.

Community groups in Kooyong are already delivering fantastic projects, whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up local waterways, reducing litter or protecting native species.

This investment of more than $22 million will help these groups to make Kooyong cleaner and greener for future generations.

The Communities Environment 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.

In Kooyong, since 2013 the Coalition Government has provided $900,000 for local environmental projects including revegetation and weed control in Chandler Reserve, Willsmere Park, Yarra Flats, the Koonung Creek Corridor, Winfield Park, Maranoa Gardens and Beckett Park in Balwyn, Yarra River in Kew, Fairview Park in Hawthorn and South Surrey Park in Surrey Hills.

This year the Coalition Government committed $500,000 to a detailed vegetation and rewilding of the Yarra River by the Yarra Riverkeeper Association including in Kooyong along Yarra Bend Park, which is responsible for much of the health and diversity of wildlife along the river.

A broad range of organisations are eligible to submit an EOI, including community clubs, not‐for‐profit organisations, landcare groups and schools.

Expressions of interest which are due by 26 September 2019 will be reviewed by the Kooyong Community Consultation Committee. Successful EOI applicants will be asked to submit a formal online application.

Further details about eligibility requirements, program guidelines and the application process can be found here.

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