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Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has welcomed a $48,000 NSW Government Environmental Education Program grant for Cobar Shire Council’s regional water quality education program.

Mr Humphries said these NSW Environmental Trust grants helped implement community focused environmental education programs.

“Cobar Shire Council’s project aims to educate the community on how stormwater flows can affect water quality in Newey Reservoir,” Mr Humphries said.

“The project will include evaluating and rehabilitating natural water courses, water quality testing, media communications and community education market stalls.”

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.

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

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

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

To see a list of state and local government grant recipients and project descriptions visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/2015-education-government.htm.

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