Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced 22 million Australian dollars (15.6 million U.S. dollars) in funding for environmental projects.
The scheme, which will provide up to 150,000 Australian dollars (106,475 U.S. dollars) for each of Australia's 150 electorates, is the latest in a series of funding announcements for renewable energy and emissions- reduction projects in the lead-up to May's general election.
"Locals know best and we will support and encourage projects such as re-vegetating riverbanks and wetlands, removing weeds from parks and reserves or restoring sand dunes on our coasts," Morrison said in a statement on Monday.
Up to 20 projects run by local clubs, indigenous groups, schools and other community organizations in every electorate will receive funding grants ranging from 2,500 Australian dollars (1,774 U.S. dollars) to 20,000 Australian dollars (14,196 U.S. dollars).
Projects aiming to protect native animals, revegetate local areas, clean up waste and restore coastlines, waterways and wetlands will be prioritized.
Melissa Price, Australia's minister for the environment, said the scheme would deliver "clear and measurable benefits."
"The environment belongs to us all and Australians want to do their bit to protect and enhance the world around them for future generations," she told Fairfax Media on Monday. Australian(2019-03-04 Xinhua)