Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has used World Environment Day (5th June) to reiterate his support for local Landcare and Bushcare community groups who are restoring bushland and taking conservation actions to ensure a sustainable future.

Mr Ward said on World Environment Day (Wednesday 5th June) that there are a number of local groups making a huge difference to preserve our natural environment. 

“There are many dedicated groups in the Kiama electorate who are making a real difference towards preserving and protecting our local environment – from Berry Landcare to Shoalhaven Landcare, Tullimbah Landcare in Elizabeth Brownlee Reserve in Albion Park to Mahogany Creek Bushcare Group in North Nowra,” Mr Ward said.

“This year in 2024, the theme of the World Environment Day is: “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience”.

“As a conservationist myself, I understand the importance of various community initiatives from planting trees and shrubs to supporting Clean Up Australia Day events to supporting our local Landcare and Bushcare small groups of incredibly dedicated volunteers on the ground who are passionate and who are doing the heavy lifting to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations of Australians.

“World Environment Day does more than just raise awareness. It provides a framework for governments, organisations, and individuals to develop targeted initiatives and campaigns aimed at addressing specific environmental challenges.

“So whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up beaches, or advocating for policy changes, the annual theme serves as a rallying cry for collective action,” he said.

“As your local MP on this World Environment Day, you have my guarantee that I will continue to support the work and projects undertaken by our local Landcare and Bushcare groups.

“I will also continue to make the case to the NSW Government and Ministers – regardless of which party is in government – to secure the local funding needed to ensure our local environmental stewardship programs are adequately staffed and funded by the State Government,” Mr Ward concluded.