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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp
Federal Member for Dickson
29 October 2003
A major federally-funded revegetation project along the South Pine River in Eatons Hill, that has restored vital wildlife habitat and remnant rainforest, was today commended by Federal Environment and Heritage Minister, Dr David Kemp.
The project has also improved water quality in the South Pine River, delivering wide-ranging benefits to the overall Moreton Bay catchment.
Dr Kemp inspected the community project with Federal Member for Dickson, Peter Dutton, which was funded with $30,000 from the Australian Government's Envirofund, the key community component of the Natural Heritage Trust.
"The project - carried out by the Bunya Community Association - covers seven kilometres of the South Pine River near the Kumbartcho Sanctuary, between Draper's Crossing at Bunya and Cash's Crossing at Eatons Hill," Mr Dutton said.
"The work began in December last year as an extension to previous riparian corridor work undertaken by the Pine Rivers Catchment Association. The project is expected to be finished by the end of the year but is already showing results with more wildlife, including koalas and a wide range of birdlife, recently spotted in the area.
"The Bunya Community Association project has made significant progress restoring and managing areas of Notophyll Vine rainforest along South Pine River and fostering community involvement in riparian management."
The association's volunteer numbers of around 3500 are growing and to date, volunteers have put in work estimated to be worth more than $45,000. This includes planting more than 8590 trees and spreading 633 cubic metres of mulch to retain soil moisture to help the trees survive.
"This work has also involved Green Corps teams and the Sanctuary's community nursery, which recently won the Queensland Arbor Day award for Revegetation and Plant Propagation. The nursery was used by local volunteers to propagate plants for revegetation using seeds collected locally," Dr Kemp said.
"The Pine Rivers Shire Council has also chipped in with in-kind support worth around $10,500, making it an ideal partnership between the community, local government and the Federal Government.
"This is an excellent example of the sort of project the Envirofund was created to support."
The South Pine River project is one of six in the Dickson electorate funded by the Envirofund late last year.
The other five projects are:
"The Howard Government invested $122,979 into these important community projects which are delivering real, on-ground results in improving the local environment," Mr Dutton said.
The Dickson electorate received a share of more than $235 million that was spent improving the Queensland environment during the Natural Heritage Trust's first phase. A further $16 million will be spent this year from the Natural Heritage Trust extension under an interim financial agreement with the State Government.
More than $10 million of this further funding has been committed this financial year to employ more than 110 local-level facilitators and coordinators in Queensland. Of this, $1 million will go to the Southeast Queensland Natural Resources Management regional body (which covers the Dickson electorate) to employ up to 11 fulltime equivalent facilitators and coordinators.
The remaining funding is allocated to projects to be identified by Queensland communities as a high priority. These projects could include information gathering activities for regional plans or education and training for regional bodies so they are better equipped to devise their natural resource management plans.
During the Natural Heritage Trust first phase, six projects worth a total of $416,090 were funded in the Dickson electorate, including three in the Pine Rivers Shire.
The three projects in the Pine Rivers Shire included: