The Coalition Government invites community groups, organisations and individuals to start their own tree planting projects by applying for grants under Grant Round Three of the 20 Million Trees Program.
“The Coalition Government’s 20 Million Trees Program will see 20 million trees planted across Australia by 2020,” the Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, said.
“Up to $6 million is now available for grants between $20,000 and $100,000 for tree planting projects that will put back threatened bushland and support threatened species” Mr Frydenberg said.
“This is a great opportunity for the many people in our community who are committed to looking after our local environment and improving our green spaces,” Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said.
“For example, I visited Treeforce when they were planting seedlings alongside Freshwater Creek to prevent erosion, and I know there are some important revegetation projects in the Torres Strait where islands were previously stripped of mature trees for the beche de mer industry.
“There are also numerous areas around Cape York and Douglas Shire where community and Landcare groups are doing great work to beautify areas and help protect habitat for native species.
“Green spaces connect communities to the environment and improve liveability for all. I’d urge anyone interested to find out more about how they can access funding for local projects,” Mr Entsch said.
Under previous 20 Million Trees funding rounds, Landcare groups and community projects across Australia have planted three million trees. With 13.4 million trees already contracted for planting, today’s announcement will ensure that the 20 million trees election commitment target is met.
The 20 Million Trees Grant Guidelines: Round Three are also now available and applications close on 15 August 2017.
The 20 Million Trees initiative is an important part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
More information is available at www.nrm.gov.au/20-million-trees