Over $1 million for community environmental education programs

Environment Minister Mark Speakman today announced more than $1 million in environmental education grants for 16 projects aimed at protecting the environment.

Volunteers at bush regeneration program, Bradleys Head, Sydney Harbour National Park

Mr Speakman said the NSW Environmental Trust grants supported projects that developed or improved the community's knowledge, skills and commitment to conserving the environment.

“These education grants will help community groups, councils and other environmental organisations continue to educate their communities,” Mr Speakman said.

The 16 projects include the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators project which will use its $79,000 grant to create a series of videos, seminars and online tools, to help and inspire professional regenerators and the community to restore local environments.

Cobar Shire Council will receive $48,000 to educate primary and secondary students, and the community, on stormwater and water quality and engage them in protecting the Cobar landmark, Newey Reservoir.

The Environmental Education Program grants offer funding of between $5000 and $100,000, with about 50 per cent of the annual funding allocated to initiatives led by community organisations and 50 per cent to state and local government led initiatives.

To see the list of community grant recipients and project descriptions visit: Project summaries: 2015 Environmental Education - community program

To see a list of state and local government grant recipients and project descriptions visit: Project summaries: 2015 Environmental Education - government program