The State Government today announced a $24 million investment that will help protect and enhance Western Australia's natural resources through the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program.
Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the program supported many diverse projects, mostly carried out by volunteers who played a vital role in caring for our natural resources.
"NRM funding assists with weed management, improving soil quality, protecting remnant bush, coastal protection, riverbank protection, water quality and marine surveys, across this vast State," Mr Baston said.
"This funding allows the State Government to build on its previous achievements by investing in the protection and sustainable use of its natural resources to tackle threats to both their condition and productivity.
"Community groups and organisations, industry groups, local governments and schools ensure that the program is excellent value for money, providing significant volunteer effort and resources on top of the funds provided by the State Government."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was contributing $19.2 million to the State NRM program.
"More than 220 groups and organisations throughout Western Australia have achieved impressive results with the support of State NRM program funds," Mr Redman said.
"Significant NRM outcomes have been achieved since the program began in 2009 and I am pleased Royalties for Regions will support the vital work carried out by local groups across the State."
Local community groups can now apply for grants of between $5,000 and $55,000 from the 2015-16 Community Action Grant round to support important natural resource management activities. The Community Capability Grant round will open later in 2015.
Applications close at noon on Monday, August 24, 2015
Two community grant rounds will be available: the Community Action Grant for on-ground works and the Community Capability Grant to build capacity, improve governance and foster innovation
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700