Twenty million trees will be planted across Australia – and everyone is invited to help out.
Community groups, local organisations and individuals, including those with and without a green thumb, can embark on a tree planting project with financial help from the 20 Million Trees Program.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said a total of $6 million was now available under round three of the program.
“This is a great opportunity for the many people in Gippsland who are committed to looking after our local environment and improving our green spaces to get their tree planting plans off the ground,” Mr Chester said.
“Green spaces connect communities to the environment and improve the liveability of our communities. I want to encourage anyone interested to apply for funding for projects that will benefit the environment and our local communities.”
The Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg said the Coalition Government was aiming to have 20 million trees planted across Australia by 2020.
“Up to $6 million is now available for grants between $20,000 and $100,000 for tree planting projects that will put back threatened bushland and support threatened species,” Mr Frydenberg said.
Under previous 20 Million Trees funding rounds, Landcare groups and community projects across Australia have planted three million trees.
With 13.4 million trees already contracted for planting, this week’s announcement will ensure the 20 million trees target is met.
Visit www.nrm.gov.au/20-million-trees for more information. Applications close on August 15, 2017.