The Albanese Labor Government has announced $8.6 million in new funding for First Nations peoples, regional communities, scientists, and fishers to help manage the Australia’s 4.47 million km2 network of marine parks – equivalent to the size of Western Australia and Queensland combined.
The grants will invest in new projects that enhance the protection, sustainability and understanding of our marine parks. In particular, by increasing First Nations’ knowledge and participation in protecting and restoring Australia’s marine heritage and environment.
The funding will see increased marine park user and industry engagement in park management, improved sustainability of fishing practices, and improved knowledge of Australian Marine Parks - the 60 Commonwealth marine parks managed by Parks Australia.
For more information on the Our Marine Parks Grants Program grants of between $30,000 and $500,000; www.parksaustralia.gov.au/our-marine-parks-grants
Applications open on 27 July 2023 and close at 9pm AEST on 27 September 2023.
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek:
“Marine parks make up 48 per cent of Australian oceans, it’s important we do everything we can to repair and protect them for our kids and grandkids.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations and communities to think creatively and put forward innovative, inspiring, and collaborative project ideas.
“I’m particularly excited to be supporting the role of First Nations peoples in managing Sea Country and protecting heritage, while helping improve the health of our incredible marine environment.”