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28.06.2016

Natural resources benefit from project grants

  • Funding supports 61 volunteer groups caring for WA's natural resources

  • $8.34 million committed to natural resource management

  • Made possible by a $7.12 million Royalties for Regions investment

An interactive natural resource management exhibit in Geraldton and a documentary on the endangered western ground parrot are among projects funded to help community groups protect Western Australia's natural resources.

Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said $8.34 million would be distributed over two and a half years to 61 volunteer groups, as part of the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) Program's Community Capability Grants.

"The grants will provide vital support to groups which are dedicated to work that benefits the environment and all West Australians," Mr Nalder said.

"Maintaining and strengthening the capability of community NRM groups is critically important."

Grant projects include:

  • development development of indigenous ranger teams as part of the Pilbara Landscapes Restoration
  • increased community networks to manage Phytophthora dieback
  • mallee fowl monitoring and volunteer training across WA
  • safety management training for community groups working in conservation activities
  • development of a young leader program in the West Kimberley.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said State Government Royalties for Regions was contributing $7.12 million to the program.

"The grants are part of the Liberal National Government's $24 million funding commitment over three years made possible by a $19.2 million investment by Royalties for Regions and $4.8 million from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA," Mr Redman said.

"This Royalties for Regions investment will support the important work undertaken by local NRM groups in regional communities to preserve unique natural environments."

Fact File

  • The State NRM Program is a Government initiative, covering four portfolios, and is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA
  • For the full list of projects, click here
  • Link to Ministerial media statement click here