Ian CausleyMember for Page- CanberraConnection

31 Envirofund grants for Page

Drought recovery in the Page electorate has received a helping hand from the Australian Governments Envirofund, with 31 local projects securing funding.

Successful applications for the 2005 Drought Recovery Envirofund were announced recently. There was an unprecedented demand for grants from across the country for this Envirofund round. In response, the government doubled the funding originally set aside from $10 million to $20 million, enabling 1,145 projects to go ahead Australia-wide.

Successful projects include regenerating native plants and grasses along eroded watercourses, controlling noxious weeds and feral pests, erecting temporary feedlots to spell paddocks and reduce erosion, and desilting dams. Projects like these will not only help regions recover from drought, but will help lessen the impact of dry seasons in the future.

Since Envirofund began in 2002, it has involved thousands of volunteers identifying local issues and solutions. Congratulations to all the successful applicants on the Northern Rivers and best wishes with your project(s).

The Envirofund is the community-focused component of the Australian Governments $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust. The next standard Envirofund round will open in February 2006. For details of all projects go to www.nht.gov.au/envirofund/.

Landcare in cyberspace

Still on the subject of the environment, a new Landcare website was launched recently by the Australian Government.

The new service means that 100,000 Landcare volunteers are now able to instantly communicate between the 4,000 individual Landcare groups across Australia.

The website includes a national database of Landcare information and, among other things, shows how to apply for awards; distributes reports and national policy announcements; and will advise on project applications and specialist services.

The network was established by Landcare Australia with the help of Australian Government funds and corporate sponsorship. No doubt, the website will help boost the Landcare profile, which is already a well-known name throughout Australia.

Forty per cent of Australian farmers are already involved in Landcare and it is important that as many people as possible throughout the country have the opportunity to become involved in this important movement.

The website address is www.landcareonline.com.

Office contacts

Phone: 6621 9909

Fax: 6621 9959

Address: PO Box 1119, Lismore, 2480

Email: ian.causley.mp@aph.gov.au

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