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Environment centre initiative a huge success

26 November 2001

Green Co-leader Rod Donald today welcomed the Government's announcement today of the second round of funding for community environment centres.

The scheme, which was s Green Party initiative in the 2000 Budget, provides up to $300,000 per year for environment centres that qualify for the funding.

"The Greens are really delighted that this money is being used for raising environmental awareness across the whole of the country," said Rod Donald.

The latest funding allocations went to five existing and six new centres from Northland to Invercargill.

"The 29 applications for funding in the last funding round could obviously not all be approved but the Greens are really heartened at the interest in this fund and see a clear role for the future expansion of this scheme.

"Educating the public and raising awareness of environmental issues across the regions is really important work and we congratulate the people who are doing it.

"The Greens are proud of this initiative and pleased that the Government has recognised its value by providing ongoing funding in future years," said Mr Donald.

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