A new trust, established with the assistance of Greening Australia Capital Region, that will encourage private investment and donations to improve the natural environment of the ACT and region will be launched today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.
“It is fantastic to see our local private sector contributing to the continued need to maintain and restore the wonderful surrounds of the bush capital,” Mr Corbell said.
“The Capital Region Landkeepers Trust will not only fund on-ground restoration work, it will also fund innovative research, education and community engagement activities.
“Members of the community, industry and the business sector will now be able to contribute financially to get trees, native grasses and understory plants back into our landscapes.
“Greening Australia has worked in partnership with the ACT Government for many years on a range of programs and I am pleased to be able to launch another great initiative today.
“Work by the trust will supplement work undertaken in this field by the ACT Government, and will increase our capacity to reach more areas of land within the Capital Region.”
The trust has also established the Christine Fifield Scholarship Fund, which provides top-up scholarships for honours, PhD and Masters students of up to $5000 per annum. The scholarship celebrates the good work undertaken by the late Christine Fifield during her many years of dedicated volunteer work with Greening Australia Capital Region.
“This kind of support will allow capacity for the kind of in-depth research that will lead to innovative new approaches in landscape restoration, regeneration and management,” Mr Corbell said.
“Greening Australia Capital Region’s assistance with establishing the trust is yet another demonstration of their continuing long term commitment to protect and restore the ACTs natural environment.
More information on the work of the trust and opportunities to donated will shortly be available on a new website www.landkeepers.org.au
(Simon Corbell Media Release)