$28 MILLION TO SUPPORT JOBS AND PROTECT QUEENSLAND’S ENVIONMENT

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP
MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

THE HON MICHELLE LANDRY MP
MEMBER FOR CAPRICORNIA
ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

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From turtle protection and feral pig control in Cape York, to cleaning up beaches across the Fitzroy region, the Morrison Government has announced up to $28 million in funding to support regional jobs and empower reef communities to protect Queensland’s coastal environment.

Funding will be provided under the Reef Trust to support six new on ground projects that help protect our iconic species and improve the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystems.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that these initiatives will be delivered by people who understand their region and have a proven track record of achieving environmental results.

“The projects are being led by six Reef based Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups through the National Landcare Program Regional Land Partnerships Program, ensuring local knowledge and practical outcomes that help protect on shore environments and the Great Barrier Reef,” Minister Ley said.

“As part of its $1.9 billion dollar investment in reef protection the Morrison Government is helping to deliver cleaner beaches, thriving habitats, healthier coastal ecosystems and species, and a more resilient Great Barrier Reef.”

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that works in the Capricornia area would see a range of practical and coordinated on ground activities.

“The proposed works with benefit the reef environment and our local community,” Ms Landry said.

“The Fitzroy region will manage numerous activities including a clean-up of marine debris along the coast, improving regional fire management in the lead up to summer, and controlling feral pigs and foxes.”

The new investment complements many others made by the Australian Government to support regions and the environment such as the $443.3 million Reef Trust Partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the $100 million Environment Restoration Fund and the $1 billion investment under phase two of the National Landcare Program.

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