APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION & REHAB GRANTS

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is calling for community organisations and local councils to apply for a share in the State Government’s $5.3 million Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program.

Mr Marshall said the program aimed to help community organisations, local councils and other groups run projects to prevent or reduce environmental degradation at a local level.

“I’m urging community organisations and councils to apply for these grants,” he said.

“It’s a grassroots program which aims to restore degraded environmental resources, including rare and endangered ecosystems, protect important ecosystems and habitats of rare and endangered flora and fauna, and prevent or minimise future environmental damage.

“In the past few years Inverell Shire Council, Armidale Citizens Wildlife Corridors Group and Southern New England Landcare have all received substantial grants to conduct important environmental work that protects, restores and improves vulnerable ecosystems from degradation in our region.

“There is $2 million available to community and not for profit organisations, $2 million for government entities and a further $1.3 million is available for owners and managers of NSW State Heritage Register listed properties.”

“There is no shortage of outstanding community groups in the Northern Tablelands with environmental projects ready to go, so I encourage them to apply so funding can be secured.”

Applications for grants of $5,000 to $100,000 close on Friday, 18 September 2015.

Grants are available for projects where work is carried out over a period of up to three years. For further information and to apply, visit the Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program website www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm

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