GRANTS AWARDED TO RESTORE OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced that Tregeagle Landcare Group and the Lismore City Council have each been awarded $100,000 by the NSW Government to restore and rehabilitate the local environment.

Mr George congratulated both groups for receiving an Environmental Trust grant saying their projects will improve habitat for the local koala population and create a healthier environment for the community.

“Tregeagle Landcare Group’s project will restore parcels of Koala habitat by undertaking bush regeneration and weed control,” said Mr George.

“They will also use the grant to create a ‘demonstration site’ for koala habitat restoration so that other groups in the region can learn the best way to care for the species.

“Lismore Council’s project will also help our koala population by regenerating tracks of land to create ‘green corridors’ between koala populations.

“This will contribute to genetic diversity and the increased viability of the species,” said Mr Souris.

NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker also congratulated both organisations for their projects that will enhance the local environment.

“The NSW Government supports communities to look after their own environment because they have local knowledge and a strong connection to their local area,” Ms Parker said.

“Environmental Trust grants make it easier for people to get involved in their communities and work together to reduce pollution, waste and all types of environmental degradation.

The NSW Environmental Trust is an independent statutory body established by the NSW Government to fund projects that empower communities to address environmental issues.

The Trust administers around $7.1 million in contestable grants annually.

Read more about the Environmental Trust: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/envtrust.htm

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577