David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Communities breathe easier with air quality grants

    22/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Communities throughout Western Australia can now make lasting changes to the air they breathe by applying for a share of the $100,000 Air Quality Management Community Grants Program.


    Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman said individual grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 were being offered to support grassroots projects that had the potential to enhance air quality management well into the future. 


    “We’re encouraging community and resident groups, environment groups and schools, as well as local governments and small businesses working in partnership with the community, to submit proposals that focus on air quality,” Mr Templeman said.


    Projects may focus on researching a particular issue or initiating a management plan to reduce the impacts of or exposure to known air pollution sources.


    “For example, motor vehicles, industrial emissions and development sites all pose air quality challenges, so these are some of the many issues communities might want to address with their projects.”


    Successful applicants will be encouraged to use the Community Based Participatory Research approach to develop and implement their projects.


    “This type of research involves communities in the whole research process, from developing initial questions to interpreting and releasing results and working out the solutions,” the Minister said.


    “This is an excellent way of engaging the community and encouraging them to take an active role in confronting the issues that directly affect them.”


    All applications will be reviewed against the assessment criteria by a panel of experts from the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Conservation Council of WA, and the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand.


    The Air Quality Management Community Grants Program will initially run for two years. 


    For more information or for a copy of the application form, contact DEC on 9219 8724 or visit http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/airquality


    Applications close at 5pm on June 27.


    Minister's office - 9220 5050