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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

The Hon Andrew Powell

Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection

Indigenous grants program supports sustainable use of marine resources

Media release
23 November 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and groups involved in the sustainable use of dugong, turtle and marine resources have been invited to apply for a range of grants.

Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, today announced the new Indigenous Sea Country Management grants with Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke.

"$1.95 million in grants funding is available in recognition of the need to ensure Traditional Knowledge about sea country is maintained to benefit all Traditional Owner groups across Queensland,' Mr Powell said.

"The grants from $5,000 to $200,000 (GST exclusive) are funded by the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative and administered by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection."

Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, said the partnership recognised the cultural significance and importance of links to sea country.

"Sea country is an important part of Indigenous culture, and Indigenous people have an important role to play in the management of Australia's coast and sea,'' he said.

"Many communities are already actively involved in dugong and turtle protection and support sustainable hunting practices.

"This funding aims to harness their knowledge, skills and energy to help achieve the right balance between use and preservation of the marine environment.

"It aims to support the involvement of Traditional Owners in the sustainable use of marine resources in Queensland."

"The Indigenous Sea Country Management grants program provides funding to practical grassroots projects tied to sustainable use of marine resources," Minister Powell said.

"This approach recognises the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be more involved in the management of dugongs, turtles and other marine resources and will help ensure sustainable population numbers for threatened species.

"These projects will recognise local leadership, involve local community members and go a long way to helping ensure Traditional Owners have the resources needed to manage sea country sustainably while contributing to the planning process for conservation of important 'marine species."

Projects could include:

  • maintaining Traditional Knowledge about sea country
  • identifying, recording and maintaining cultural values of sea country
  • seagrass monitoring, turtle and dugong monitoring
  • educational activities to raise community awareness about managing marine resources and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural values of sea country
  • activities that provide training in other technical skills like natural resource monitoring (sea-grass, turtle, dugong monitoring skills), boat licence attainment etc relating to sea country management.

More information including the program's Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, Application Form and Expression of Interest Form can be found at www.ehp.qld.gov.au/coastal/management/indigenous-sea-country-grants.html.

The closing date to submit an Application or Expression of Interest form to the 2012 Indigenous Sea Country Management Grants Program is 5pm Friday, 14 December 2012.

Applications and Expressions of Interest can be submitted three ways:

Email: seacountrymanagement@ehp.qld.gov.au

Post:
Indigenous Sea Country Management Grants Program
Sustainability Outcomes
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
PO Box 2454
Brisbane QLD 4001

Courier:
Indigenous Sea Country Management Grants Program
Sustainability Outcomes
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Level 3
400 George Street
Brisbane QLD 4000