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Proposals Invited Through 'Caring for our Country'

07 December 2011

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Government yesterday announced the opening of applications for grants for natural resource management and sustainable agriculture projects.

Minister for the Environment, Tony Burke, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly, said the grants will be made available in the Caring for our Country 2012–13 business plan.

"Through Caring for our Country the Gillard Government is investing in a healthy, better protected and more resilient environment," Minister Burke said.

“Safeguarding our iconic natural places and species is central for environmental protection across Australia.

“We are inviting applications for projects that address the Business Plan targets and can be completed by June 2013 to ensure we deliver on all of the Government’s strategic objectives.”

Minister Ludwig said with support from communities, farmers and other land managers, Caring for our Country has made real progress towards achieving a healthier, better protected and more resilient environment.

“The first four years of Caring for our Country have made a significant contribution towards protecting the Australian environment and managing the sustainability of our productive land,” Minister Ludwig said.

“With habitat degradation, invasive pest plants and animals, climate change and human activity still posing significant threats to our environment and agricultural industries, we need to ensure this important work continues.”

The $64 million available under this business plan is in addition to $138 million already allocated in 2012–13 to regional natural resource management organisations through regional base-level funding.

Dr Kelly said since 2008, more than $2 billion has been approved through Caring for our Country for natural resource management and sustainable agriculture projects across Australia.

“This includes more than 750 Community Action Grants for environmental, Indigenous, Landcare, Coastcare and sustainable agriculture community groups to take action to conserve and protect our natural environment,” Dr Kelly said.

The Australian Government remains committed to continuing action, with complementary initiatives like Caring for our Country and the Clean Energy Plan shaping a prosperous and sustainable future for all Australians.

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