THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
16 September 2011
The Member of Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, has congratulated two Environmental conservation groups which are being assisted to protect the unique landscape of the Northern Territory with $50,000 funding from the Gillard Government.
The Arid Lands Environment Centre and The Environment Centre of the Northern Territory are both receiving funding as part of the Government’s support for community-based environment and heritage groups working to achieve a sustainable Australia.
Each organisation will receive $25,000 under the Grants to Voluntary Environment Heritage Organisations program.
The grant for the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs will help maintain and enhance the biodiversity of Australia’s arid ecosystems.
This will be achieved by connecting people with the environment through education, information, involvement and action.
The grant will support leadership and inspiration in achieving sustainability and community resilience in the arid lands.
The Environment Centre, which is dedicated to the conservation of the natural environment and maintenance of healthy ecosystems, is being funded through the second grant.
“These organisations are working everyday to achieve better protection for our environment and heritage and I applaud them for it.
“The Australian Government knows that it’s important to support the organisations contributing to a more sustainable Australia,” Mr Snowdon said.
The nation’s first ever dedicated sustainable population strategy has been released by the Australian Government and backed by new funding.
Sustainable Australia – Sustainable Communities outlines key directions to help ensure future population change supports the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the nation.
The next round of the Grants to Voluntary Environment Heritage Organisations program includes a new sustainability category for groups and organisations. Grant guidelines and application forms will be available at www.environment.gov.au/about/programs/gvesho/index.html.
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