Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Grants for environment, heritage and sustainability organisations

Media release
27 June 2011

The Gillard Government will expand a program that supports community-based environment and heritage groups to groups and organisations working to achieve a sustainable Australia.

Environment and Communities Minister Tony Burke today announced that the next round of the Grants to Voluntary Environment Heritage Organisations program would begin today and include a new sustainability category for groups and organisations.

"The Gillard Government is supporting the people and organisations working to help improve our environment and heritage and now, to achieve more sustainable communities," Mr Burke said.

"We know there are many great examples of people and organisations working everyday to achieve better protection for our environment and heritage. And we know that to achieve a more sustainable Australia a community by community approach is needed.

"For years this program has focused on supporting organisations involved in good environmental work.

"Tasmanian Independent, Andrew Wilkie, asked us to provide a dedicated stream of funding to organisations that give practical advice and assistance to ordinary Australians wanting to live more sustainably. That new sustainability stream now forms part of the guidelines.

"Organisations and groups helping to achieve those goals by working towards the sustainability of Australia's society, economy and environment will now be eligible to apply."

The Government has released the nation's first ever dedicated sustainable population strategy which sets out the framework, backed by new funding for a sustainable Australia.

Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities outlines key directions to help ensure future population change supports the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the nation.

Mr Burke today also announced that eight state and territory organisations would each receive a $50,000 grant to support their work under the current program.

The organisations are Conservation Council ACT Region, Conservation Council of SA, Conservation Council of WA, Queensland Conservation Council Association, Environment Victoria, Arid Lands Environment Centre (NT), Tasmanian Environment Centre (Sustainable Living Tasmania), and the Total Environment Centre.

A further $25,000 grant will go towards Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Arid Lands Environment Centre (NT) and The Environment Centre of the NT and Total Environment Centre (National & NSW).

Grant guidelines and application forms will be available at