Joint Media Release from Minister for the Environment,  The Hon Susan Ley MP and Senator The Hon Sarah Henderson

World Environment Day is a reminder for all Australians of the importance of practical environmental steps we can all take to protect our environment and our native species.

The Morrison Government is reaffirming its commitment to working with communities, farmers, land managers and traditional owners to protect native wildlife and habitats, reduce the pressure on our waterways and oceans from plastic waste, and protect the ecosystems of natural treasures like the Great Barrier Reef.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said Government funding for environmental project across her patron seats of Ballarat, Bendigo, Corangamite, Corio and Gorton underlined the Government’s focus on working with local communities to deliver genuine outcomes that enhanced local areas.

“We are working with people who want to help their local environments,” Senator Henderson said.

“This is about making a real difference through practical policies.”

More than $200 million is being invested in urgent wildlife and habitat recovery projects in the wake of Australia’s devastating bushfires, guided by ecologists and scientists from Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel and we are closely studying the impacts of the fires on the populations of iconic animals such as the Koala.

Through the National Environmental Science Program, we are investing $290 million in evidence-based on ground strategies that combine the latest environmental science with traditional knowledge and practical land care management.

Australia’s world leading Reef Management is challenging new scientific barriers through a $150 million reef restoration and adaptation initiative, part of a $1.9 billion Commonwealth investment in supporting the Great Barrier Reef, by working with the communities who depend on it for their livelihoods.

For the first time a Federal Government is making Waste and Recycling a national priority, declaring an end to the export of waste plastics, glass, paper and tyres; holding the nation’s first plastics summit and bringing industry along with us to identify solutions and mobilise further action.

As Australians look to recycle their waste each week, the Morrison government is ensuring they can have faith in that recycling process, and the positive impact it can have on our environment.

5 June 2020