Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, welcomed the recent announcement that the Morrison Government will provide over $115,000 of funding to support small-scale community-led projects across Stirling.
“The Communities Environment Programme forms part of the Australian Government's 2019 environment policy election commitment, Our Plan for a Cleaner Environment.
“The program is designed so that the government can work with local community and environment groups to identify their priority projects and provide support to help get them off the ground. This helps to recover and restore the local environment while also strengthening local communities.
“I am thrilled to be announcing these grants and look forward to working with local groups to enhance our pristine environment in Stirling,” Mr Connelly said.
The program will help the Australian Government meet its national and international obligations, including under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).
The program complements other Australian Government environment programs, including the Environment Restoration Fund, which focusses on larger scale projects, and existing investments delivered through the National Landcare Program, such as Regional Land Partnerships.
Mr Connelly also extended his thanks to the City of Stirling, Catholic Education Office of WA and WA Education Department for supporting applications, as well as the members of the community consultation group that assisted in the ranking of projects according to the CEP assessment guidelines.
Eligible activities under the grant included:
- citizen science activities
- activities that protect or enhance the natural environment and/or support recovery of native species/communities, such as:
- actions identified in recovery plans or conservation advices for threatened species
- collection and propagation of seed from native species
- revegetation using locally appropriate native species
- removal of barriers to species traversing landscapes and waterways
- habitat support for species
- activities that reduce threats and risks to the natural environment, such as:
- managing invasive weeds, pest animals or diseases
- fencing to support environmental protection and/or restoration
- management of access to sensitive areas, including installation of infrastructure
- managing erosion
- reducing sediment, contaminant and nutrient run-off to waterways.
- activities that reduce the impact of waste and litter
- activities that encourage re-use and recycling
- activities that improve carbon sequestration
- educational activities that build community knowledge about their local environment and how the community can conserve, protect, monitor, and/or manage it sustainably
List of recipients:
- Joondanna Community Garden: $6,500
- City of Stirling / Friends of Trigg Bushland / Conservation Volunteers Australia: $20,000
- Carine Senior High School: $20,000
- Sutherland Dianella Primary School: $20,000
- Glendale Primary School: $20,000
- Majella Catholic Primary School: $2,500
- Tuart Hill Kindergarten: $3,152
- Hamersley Habitat Community Garden: $3,625
- Dryandra Primary School: $20,000