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Investing in cleaner and greener communities

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The Liberal 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 Liberal Government’s strong record of investing in grassroots environmental action through initiatives such as our $1 billion National Landcare Program and 20 Million Trees.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Communities Environment Program would support local community and environment groups in delivering real environmental and heritage benefits.

“Community groups in Pearce are already delivering excellent projects whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up waterways or preventing soil erosion,” Mr Porter said.

“$150,000 will be available for local groups in Pearce to continue that work and support our local environment.”

The program is modelled on the Liberal 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.

Eligible organisations can submit an Expression of Interest at www.christianporter.com.au/communities-environment-program. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 28 March 2019.

More information is available at www.environment.gov.au/cep.