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Jun 27, 2014, 9:37:49 PM6/27/14
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On Friday, 27 June 2014 1:05 PM, Conservation SA <me...@conservationsa.org.au> wrote:


Together, we can make our leaders recognise the huge benefits of this program to our environment and communities. 
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Your help is needed to restore funding for community volunteers caring for nature
 

The State Government has terminated funding that helps thousands of South Australians to care for nature – and your help is needed to have this vital support restored. 

The Natural Resource Management Community Grants program is a tiny fund with a big heart – yet it was cut in last weeks state budget. These grants are an essential support for community volunteer groups protecting and restoring their local patch, doing invaluable on-ground work the government is unable or unwilling to do itself.
 
It is a cruel blow to the volunteer communities who give up their free time to look after the natural places that are important for all South Australians.

The grants were a tiny proportion of the government’s total expenditure on environmental programs, which delivered many times more than what they cost.
Ending this cheap, effective program makes no economic sense, especially at a time when environment budgets and staffing at the state and federal level are also being slashed.
 
Conservation Council SA has pushed this issue into the spotlight, getting it covered by the major television stations and across the metro newspapers. Tonight, tune in to ABC’s to watch it feature on the 7.30 SA.
 
People are talking – but now we need to make sure the Government is listening. We need to speak up.
 
If your group has received a grant, if your local community has benefited from the funding, or if you are generally concerned about loss of support to environmental volunteers – now is the time to raise your voice.
 
We need YOU to let our leaders know that this grant program is vitally important and urge them to reverse the decision to abolish it. 
Find out how you can help

Talk to your local state MP

  • The most effective method is to meet them in person. Ring their office to arrange a meeting time and be prepared to follow up until you get one.
  • If you’d rather not meet with them, please write them a letter, send them an email, or make a phone call. It’s surprising how little contact and how few visit MPs actually receive, so please be assured you will have an impact.
  • Make it personal – tell the story of why the grants are important to you, your group, your community, and your local environment.
We have put together a simple guide with all the relevant contact details and simple talking points.

Contact the Premier


Considering his history with establishing this grants program, we also urge people to contact Premier Weatherill, and encourage their communities to do the same. 
Email the Premier
Please take action and spread the word -  share this email and links.
 
Together, we can make our leaders recognise the priceless contribution of volunteers and the huge benefits of this program to our environment and communities. 
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