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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp
&
Warren Truss Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture
&
Kim Chance Western Australian Minister for Agriculture
&
Dr Judy Edwards Western Australian Minister for Environment

19 June 2003

$6.85 million for Natural Resource Management Facilitators in Western Australia


Western Australia will receive $6.85 million from the Commonwealth's Natural Heritage Trust to fund 95 local natural resource management positions.

The funding – to be matched by Western Australian Government – was announced today by Federal Environment Minister, Dr David Kemp, Western Australian Environment Minister, Dr Judy Edwards, Federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss, and Western Australian Agriculture Minister, Kim Chance.

These positions will foster community involvement in natural resource management issues and help communities deliver plans being developed under the Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.

Dr Kemp said the funding will go directly to Western Australia's six regional Natural Resource Management groups in the Avon, South Coast, Northern Agriculture, South West, Swan, and Rangelands regions.

"This funding will enable these groups to employ facilitators to help develop their integrated regional plans and encourage community involvement in natural resource management," Dr Kemp said.

WA Agriculture Minister, Kim Chance, said regional groups were building on their community links to engage local stakeholders in natural resource management planning.

"Regional groups have strong and active networks in their areas and this funding will strengthen and expand those links," he said.

Federal Agriculture Minister, Warren Truss, said regional plans developed by local communities are the key to the Commonwealth's Natural Heritage Trust.

"These plans identify the interactions between regional activities and natural resources. They allow communities to make the best possible choices, using the best available science," he said.

WA Environment Minister, Judy Edwards, said the $6.85 million in funding would assist regional groups to deliver priority on-ground works while integrated planning takes place.

"We welcome this funding, which comes on the heel of the $12.7 million of Trust funds committed to Western Australia earlier this month for high priority environmental actions," Dr Edwards said.

Today's funding follows the advertising of national Commonwealth and Regional facilitator positions available Australia-wide. Fourteen of these will be based in Western Australia and will work with the 95 local facilitators.

Details of the funding by region announced today are attached. More information about the Natural Heritage Trust is available at www.nht.gov.au.


South Coast $1,171,000

Contact: Kristina Fleming, South Coast Regional Initiative Planning Team (08) 9892 8494

The South Coast Regional Initiative Planning Team will receive assistance for 17 positions, focusing on natural resource management; biodiversity; sustainable agriculture; rivers and wetlands; coastal and marine management; and farm forestry.

Avon $1,166,978

Contact: Rob Edkins Avon Catchment Council (08) 9690 2257

The Avon Catchment Council will receive assistance for 16 positions, focusing on natural resource management; biodiversity; sustainable agriculture; rivers and wetlands; local government involvement in natural resource management; and indigenous participation.

Northern Agriculture $1,171,000

Contact: John Braid, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council 0427 088297

The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council will receive assistance for 17 positions, focusing on natural resource management; biodiversity; sustainable agriculture; rivers and wetlands; coastal and marine management; indigenous participation in natural resource management; and farm forestry.

South West $1,387,000

Contact: James Dee, South West Catchments Council (08) 9752 1688

The South West Catchments Council will receive assistance for 24 positions, focusing on natural resource management; biodiversity; sustainable agriculture; rivers and wetlands; and coastal and marine management.

Swan $810,879

Contact: Damian Crilly, Swan Catchment Council (08) 9374 3302

The Swan Catchment Council will receive assistance for 12 positions, focusing on natural resource management; biodiversity; rivers and wetlands; and coastal and marine management. This is in addition to the $434,000 announced earlier this month, bringing total funding for Swan facilitators and coordinators to $1.245 million (supporting a total of 21 positions).

Rangelands $1,140,000

Contact: Kel Baldock, Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group (08) 9455 5455

The Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group will receive assistance for 9 positions, focusing on biodiversity; sustainable agriculture; coastal and marine management; and indigenous participation in natural resource management.

Commonwealth of Australia