Natural resource grants open

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Community groups can apply for funding to help look after the state's natural resources.

LANDCARE, farming and community organisations, schools and local governments in the Yanchep and Gingin areas can seek funds through the state natural resource management program.

On Friday, May 19 Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said groups could apply for grants of between $5000 and $55,000 as part of the 2017-18 Community Action Grant round to support conservation and sustainable resource use activities.

Ms MacTiernan said Western Australia’s natural environment was one of the state’s biggest assets with job-creation opportunities in agriculture, aquaculture, tourism and more relying on protecting the environment.

“From fighting plant and animal pests to protecting threatened flora and fauna and conserving waterways and wetlands, these groups are an important part of WA’s conservation strategy,’’ she said.

“This funding supports a range of NRM projects and allows the people who know their local area to tailor the work and drive the best outcomes for our communities.”

A total of $4 million is available in the 2017-18 Community Action Grant round with a further $100,000 available to build the capability of community-based organisations, with grants of up to $10,000.

This may include website development, community workshops, producing information guides or apps, or other activities to support organisational development.

Applications close on Monday, July 10.

For more information, visit http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au or contact the State NRM program on 9368 3168.