Joint Media Release: Empowering communities to protect local environments

5 August 2019

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment
The Hon Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management

The Morrison Government is delivering on a $22 million commitment to help local communities strengthen local environments, with applications opening today for the Communities Environment Program.

Under the Program, the Government will provide up to $150,000 per electorate in 2019-20 for up to 20 projects that enhance local environments. Grants will range from $2,500 to $20,000 per project.

“The Communities Environment Program is backing Australian communities to deliver environmental outcomes in their area,” Environment Minister Sussan Ley said.

“This is about the Morrison Government empowering communities, respecting their ability to identify local priorities and, then, backing them with financial support.

“The cumulative impact of local communities across metropolitan and regional Australia all getting involved in these environmental projects will be significant.”

The Communities Environment Program would play a key role alongside the Morrison Government’s commitments to the Environment Restoration fund, Landcare and Waste and Recycling initiatives.

“Local Members will work with their communities before nominating  the projects in their electorate,”  Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans, who will manage delivery of the Communities Environment Program, said.

“Members from all parties will consult with community environmental groups, conservation volunteers and local residents to deliver projects such as cleaning local waterways, protecting local habitat areas, planting trees, reducing litter and other innovative concepts,” Assistant Minister Evans said.

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