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Coalition gives local community groups a nature boost

24 October 2014

Local community groups in the Euroa electorate have received a $256,000 boost from the Victorian Coalition Government to carry out important local projects that will help enhance and protect the environment.

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said the Coalition Government’s investment will enable Landcare groups in the Euroa region to undertake local environmental projects.

“This is part of the Coalition Government’s Communities for Nature program which will see more than $256,000 invested to support environmental projects that protect and support native plants and animals,” Ms Ryan said. 

Recipients in the Euroa electorate are:

  • Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network - $50,000 to build landscape linkages and resilience in the Whroo Goldfield’s box ironbark forests;
  • Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network - $50,000 for nestboxes and vegetation for the Turquoise Parrot;
  • Nulla Vale Pyalong West Landcare Group Inc - $11,000 for the Biolink expansion and revegetation 14 project;
  • Longwood Plains Conservation Management Network - $50,000 to link biodiversity and production on the Longwood Plains; and
  • Broadford Land Management Group Inc - $9,500 to manage waterway erosion in the Colin Officer Flora Reserve.

Ms Ryan took the opportunity to thank local environmental groups and community organisations for their ongoing commitment to our environment.

“This program is another example of the how the Coalition Government is supporting local communities to achieve positive environmental outcomes that benefit our communities,” Ms Ryan said.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the $20 million Communities for Nature program highlights the Coalition Government’s commitment to strong partnership working between government, community and environmental groups.

“Victoria’s environment continues to benefit from the Coalition Government’s commitment to providing local community groups with the support they need to deliver environmental works,” Mr Smith said.

“In this latest round of funding, more than 100 community groups will share in $2.96 million that supports local groups to carry out important ecological projects. 

“After 11 years, Labor left Victoria’s ecosystem with a legacy of waste and mismanagement.

“Victoria’s environment is now benefiting to the tune of $20 million worth of local initiatives supported by Coalition Government’s Communities for Nature program.

“More than 530 environmental projects across Victoria have been funded over the past four years. 

“The Communities for Nature program is another example of how the Coalition Government is supporting a better and healthier environment and building stronger communities.”

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