Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Stephen Robertson
Queensland Government funding helping to protect the environment
Community natural resource management groups across Queensland can now apply for a slice of $100,000 on offer from the Bligh Government to help further protect our environment
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson today announced applications have opened for the 2010 Natural Resources Awareness Grants during the Landcare Conference in Longreach.
"Natural Resources Awareness Grants are offered to fund activities and projects which promote the importance of our natural resources in our lives, while encouraging more Queenslanders to become involved in their protection," Mr Robertson said.
"The Bligh Government's Toward Q2 strategy is creating a greener Queensland and these grants are important as they allow the groups out there on the ground to tackle important local issues.
"Grants of up to $5000 are available to groups such as Landcare, Bushcare, Coastcare and Waterwatch, and up to $10,000 will be considered for projects where there is a genuine collaboration between two or more organisations.
"The grants program also supports eligible groups to develop entertaining and educational projects that effectively engage the community on natural resource issues."
The theme for this year's grants is 'Reducing our Carbon Footprint'.
"The Landcare Conference is a critical partner in effectively engaging the community and promoting the importance of the state's natural resources," Mr Robertson.
"The Department of Environment and Resource Management has had a long association with Landcare and with the Landcare Conference.
"The department has been a major sponsor of the conference for a number of years and has a strong presence at this year's conference with staff available at a stand to answer questions from the public regarding natural resource management.
"These groups strengthen the community's awareness of our water, land and catchments and they encourage people to become involved in sustainable management practices."
For more information, grant guidelines and application forms for the Natural Resource Awareness Grants visit the Department of Environment and Resource Management website at www.derm.qld.gov.au.
Forms are also available from the Department of Environment and Resource Management stand at the Landcare conference.