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Australia at the Forefront of Environmental Science

June 5, 2020

AUSTRALIA AT THE FOREFRONT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The Northern Beaches is home to some of the most beautiful waterways and bushland in Sydney. Let this World Environment Day be a reminder for all Australians of the importance of practical environmental steps we can all take to protect our environment and our native species.

The Morrison Government is reaffirming its commitment to working with communities, farmers, land managers and traditional owners to protect native wildlife and habitats, reduce the pressure on our waterways and oceans from plastic waste, and protect the ecosystems of natural treasures like the Great Barrier Reef.

Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski said Government funding for 12 organisations in this round alone, underlined the Government’s focus on working with local communities to deliver genuine outcomes that enhanced local areas.

“We are working with people who want to help their local environments,” Mr Falinski said.

“This is about making a real difference through practical policies.”  

“The Northern Beaches is a beautiful part of the world, and I will continue to work hard to protect it.”

“Whether it is providing small grants to removing invasive weeds, to opposing drilling off the coast of the Beaches, I am committed to protecting our local environment.”

More than $200 million is being invested in urgent wildlife and habitat recovery projects in the wake of Australia’s devastating bushfires, guided by ecologists and scientists from Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel and we are closely studying the impacts of the fires on the populations of iconic animals such as the Koala.

Through the National Environmental Science Program, we are investing $290 million in evidence-based on ground strategies that combine the latest environmental science with traditional knowledge and practical land care management.

Australia’s world leading Reef Management is challenging new scientific barriers through a $150 million reef restoration and adaptation initiative, part of a $1.9 billion Commonwealth investment in supporting the Great Barrier Reef, by working with the communities who depend on it for their livelihoods.

For the first time a Federal Government is making Waste and Recycling a national priority, declaring an end to the export of waste plastics, glass, paper and tyres; holding the nation’s first plastics summit and bringing industry along with us to identify solutions and mobilise further action.

As Australians look to recycle their waste each week, the Morrison government is ensuring they can have faith in that recycling process, and the positive impact it can have on our environment.

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NATIONAL RETURN AND DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICINES LIMITED - $20,000

Collecting Toxic Pharmaceutical Waste to Reduce Landfill

The project will collect and safely dispose of unused medicines from the local community with engagement from pharmacies. This will reduce and divert the amount of litter and toxic pharmaceutical waste entering landfill and educate the community of waste reduction within the ecosystem.

WOMBAT PROTECTION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED - $20,000

Clinical Monitoring of Australian Native Animals

The project will contribute to the rehabilitation, release and monitoring of injured wildlife by purchasing monitoring equipment for a wildlife care centre. This will increase success rates for the reintroduction of injured wildlife within their native habitats.

Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Broken Bay - $20,000

Waste Reduction, Composting and Recycling Project

The project will purchase composting bins and install a worm farm at Mater Maria Catholic College. This will create a composting and recycling system that will reduce the amount of organic and inorganic waste going to landfill within the school community.

CROMER PUBLIC SCHOOL P & C ASSOCIATION - $3,960

Expansion of Waste and Recycling Bins on School Grounds

The project will install waste separation bins in four key locations. This will help reduce the amount of recyclable or compostable products going to landfill from within the school community.

SYDNEY METROPOLITAN WILDLIFE SERVICES INCORPORATED - $8,300

Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic

The project will provide treatment to injured, sick and orphaned wildlife by purchasing essential equipment for a Mobile Wildlife Clinic. This will support the recovery, rehabilitation and release of vulnerable native wildlife within the local ecosystem.

BAYVIEW GOLF CLUB LTD - $19,480

Reduce the weeds in remnant forest bordering Cahill Creek

The project will remove invasive weeds from the infested areas at the remnant forest of the golf course and educate volunteers. This will improve the habitat for flora and fauna and protect native species within the Cahill Creek bushland.

PITTWATER NATURAL HERITAGE ASSOCIATION - $12,215

Mona Vale Dunes Bush Regeneration

The project will remove invasive weeds, vegetate, and record fauna activity along coastal bushland. This will promote the recovery of local native plants and encourage environmental engagement within the community.

NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Incorporated - $5,060

Rehabilitation of Juvenile Native Wildlife

The project will help rehabilitate juvenile native animals by purchasing five intensive care incubators. This will enhance the rehabilitation success rate for native fauna and lead to increased biodiversity within the local ecosystem.

PITTWATER NATURAL HERITAGE ASSOCIATION - $10,000

Avalon Golf Course Bush Regeneration

The project will remove invasive flora from the bushland on Avalon Golf Course. This will allow for revegetation by native species of flora and attract fauna to the area.

KURING-GAI MOTOR YACHT CLUB - $14,500

Soil Erosion Mitigation at Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park

The project will combat soil erosion by constructing a retaining wall along an access path to the waterfront. This will reduce soil erosion and threats to the natural environment within the waterways of the National Park.

NATIONAL RETURN AND DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICINES LIMITED - $20,000

Collecting Toxic Pharmaceutical Waste to Reduce Landfill

The project will collect and safely dispose of unused medicines from the local community with engagement from pharmacies. This will reduce and divert the amount of litter and toxic pharmaceutical waste entering landfill and educate the community of waste reduction within the ecosystem.

 

 



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