Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced six organisations had been awarded funding under the federal government’s Communities Environment Program.
A broad range of organisations were eligible to apply for funding under the Communities Environment Program including local community clubs, not-for-profit organisations, landcare groups and schools.
Grants of between $2500 and $20,000 were available under the program.
Successful organisations Include:
- Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group: $20,000
- Mossman Botanic Garden: $20,000
- Kuranda Envirocare: $15,000
- Treeforce Association: $20,000
- Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Inc: $20,000
- Cairns Regional Council – Saltwater Creek Project: $15,000
Mr Entsch said the Communities Environment Program was empowering FNQ community groups to deliver practical local environmental projects that would not only raise environmental awareness but also strengthen the local community.
He said community groups across Far North Queensland are already delivering many fantastic environmental projects, whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up local waterways, reducing litter or protecting native species.
“I was very pleased with the high quality of applications received from our local community and environmental organisations, and their enthusiasm to undertake practical environmental projects,” Mr Entsch said.
“Successful projects include surveying of Lumholtz’s and Bennett’s tree kangaroo populations between Cairns and Cooktown and comprehensive flora and fauna studies of Cassowary and tree frog habitats in Kuranda.
“They also include Pond Apple control works in the Mt Amos and Cooktown regions, tree planting projects along Freshwater Creek and water quality projects at Saltwater Creek to improve discharges into the Great Barrier Reef.”
“This program is all about harnessing the passion of grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local projects that directly improve our local environment.”