Chairman of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District of Cork County Council, today 24th October 2014 warmly welcomed the allocation of financial assistance to community and voluntary groups within North Cork as part of the 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund scheme.
Cllr. O’ Shea said “The scheme is designed to help increase local levels of environmental awareness and help local communities become more sustainable”. Some of the successful community groups within North Cork who will carry out various environmental projects as a result of this cash injection include:
- Glantane Community Council – €1,000
- Liscarroll Community Council – €1,000
- Lombardstown Community Council – €1,000
- Mallow Tidy Towns – €1,100
- Millstreet Tidy Towns & Tourist Association – €1,000
- Mournabbey Residents Trust Community Council – €1,500
- Newmarket Town Development Association – €1,500
- Newtownshandrum Tidy Towns – €1,500
Successful projects will support and complement, at a local level, national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water and Sustainable Development. The fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level. Funding is provided by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government and matched by Cork County Council.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “This fund shows how local initiatives can make a real difference in our communities, and showcases how small changes can make lasting improvements in our environment. A wide variety of projects and schemes have already been supported under this Fund in previous years including, community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions.However, funding is limited and I would encourage the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to invest more into these initiatives into the future”.