Community grants are now open for groups to undertake environment projects to improve the health of our iconic Gippsland Lakes.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing today announced a total of $500,000 in funding available for this round of grants, with requirements that larger grant amounts include a high proportion of on-ground works.

The Community Grants Program is in addition to the $3.15 million Gippsland Lakes program announced by the Andrews Labor Government in January

This is the second round of funding delivered through the Gippsland Lakes Community grants program and successful works will deliver key projects outlined in the Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan, which pulls together information from other strategies and plans, including the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Plan.

The Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan has been developed through the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee to help identify where funding should be allocated to help maintain or improve the health of the Gippsland Lakes.

For more information visit www.loveourlakes.net.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“These grants provide community groups with a further opportunity to seek funding for projects to tackle the key priorities for the Gippsland Lakes.”

“I would encourage community groups to put forward their ideas for a range of projects, big and small, that will contribute to improving the health of the Lakes so that we can continue the momentum of work already being done to conserve, protect and enhance our Lakes.”

Quotes attributable to Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee Co-Chair, Peter Veenker

“A lot of work has gone in to preparing the Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan which will be the key document to help select successful projects.”