Green projects share $800,000

AROUND $800,000 is up for grabs with locals encouraged to start making their bids.

However, before you get too excited, not everyone has a shot at the money, and it can't be used to finance that dream holiday.

Instead, Coffs Harbour City Council is seeking community submissions for projects to be considered for funding under the 2005-2006 Environmental Levy (EL) Program.

Planning, Environment and Development Committee, Cr Rod McKelvey, said nearly $6 million had been spent on environmental projects in and around Coffs Harbour since the EL program began in 1997.

"Some of the major beneficiaries in other years have included groups working on the Orara and Nymboida river restorations, koala conservation organisations, Coffs Creek rehabilitation and numerous Coffs Harbour Landcare initiatives," Cr McKelvey said.

"A rare saltmarsh at Arrawarra is another example of the type of project that can benefit. This particular program is a collaboration between the Solitary Islands Marine Park Authority, Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council and Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corporation.

"The rehabilitation work itself is being undertaken by the Land Council and Work for the Dole groups."

Cr McKelvey said the Levy was an excellent example of the way the council carries out its environmental protec- tion promises.

Successful applications must, among other things, generate community benefit, meet a critical environmental need and protect and enhance the natural environment.

Applications which address a priority in the council's State of the Environment Report 2004 will also be given priority.

Application forms are available from the reception desk at the council's administration building, at the library or on the council's website,

Submissions will be accepted up until 5pm on February 21.

For further information contact Garry Hankinson on 6648 4673.

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