$5m round of environmental funding going to the community

ABOUT 10,400 Queensland volunteers have planted 95,000 trees, rehabilitated the equivalent of 104,450 football fields and removed 870 wheelie bins of rubbish through the Everyone's Environment grants.

The State Government has now launched the third round of funding where communities can share in $5 million to make a practical difference to their local environment.

So far 191 groups, large and small, have received $7 million to protect Queensland's unique ecosystems, built heritage and way of life.

This round will focus on conservation projects, with $2000 to $100,000 grants up for grabs, up to $40,000 funding for built heritage and shipwreck projects and up to $100,000 for research related projects.

Premier Campbell Newman said the grants had enabled Queenslanders to "actually clean up the mistakes of the past, to remediate waterways, to replant trees, to get rid of rubbish around Queensland and to make a generally positive difference".

"People care about their environment but particularly people care about their local environment," he said.

"That it is well maintained, that it isn't polluted, that there are opportunities for people to take in the fresh air and enjoy trees and bushland and the like."

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said citizen science was a new element where communities were encouraged to look at water quality, air quality or other issues.

He said the heritage component would enable communities to protect, conserve or interpret a state heritage-listed property.

"It's all about not only getting the kids out enjoying making mud pies, getting to understand their native plants and nature, but getting our whole communities out there and enjoying and rehabilitating our local environment," he said.

Applications close on August 15, 2014.

For more information visit http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au

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