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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Warren Truss
South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation
John Hill

27 February 2004

$25.7 Million for Salinity and Water Quality in South Australia

South Australia's vital water resources and the threat of salinity will be the focus of a $25.7 million funding package announced today.

The vital funds were announced by Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, and South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Hill.

The funding was drawn from the Australian Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust program and the $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, a joint initiative of the Australian Government with State and Territory governments.

Dr Kemp congratulated South Australian regions on attracting funding for their Natural Resource Management Plans, saying it was an important milestone in the regional delivery of environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture.

"Regions to benefit from this package include the biodiversity hotspot of Kangaroo Island, the Northern Yorke and Agricultural Districts, the South East and the Mount Lofty Ranges and Greater Adelaide region, which will receive more than $11.7 million to tackle priority environmental issues over the next 18 months," he said.

"South Australia's Murray Darling Basin will receive $12.1 million over the next six months, with further funding to be allocated to the region later this year."

Mr Truss said a focus of this funding was to fight salinity through projects such as the Bookpurnong salt interception scheme in the South Australian Murray Darling Basin.

This project will result in a reduction of 133 tonnes of salt per day entering the River Murray," he said.

"Funding will also address other causes of water quality degradation, recognising the importance of the River Murray to the region's irrigation production and, more broadly, as a significant source of Adelaide's water supply.

"The investment package will support the sustainability of agricultural industries by assisting irrigators to implement best practice irrigation guidelines."

Mr Hill said the funding reinforced the partnership established by the Australian and State governments to jointly fund natural resource management in South Australia.

"This is a major achievement for South Australia's Natural Resource Management Groups," he said.

"These groups in partnership with governments will now have significant input and responsibility over the way environmental issues are handled and how the funding is managed.

"Their strategic and coordinated plans identify the priority issues affecting their region, outlines what has to be done and the value of the investment required. Based on this information, these regions have custom-designed the projects that will deliver the best outcomes."

More information about the Natural Heritage Trust is available at: Information about the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality is available at

A full list of projects in South Australia to receive funding is attached.


Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Kangaroo Island

Investment 2003-04
Total funds
Total funds
Building a sustainable future – Strategic planning process 83,400 170,000
Building a sustainable future – Community awareness campaign 35,000 70,000
Building a sustainable future – On ground works program 122,694 249,106
Building a sustainable future – Monitoring and evaluation program 20,955 42,545
Fahrenheit 451 37,000 78,000
Rivers of life 16,500 33,500
Save our seagrasses: Ecological health and nutrient load monitoring program 20,500 41,500
Repel the invaders: Effectively managed bridal creeper and bridal veil 17,000 35,000
Back from the brink: Implement threatened plant species recovery 16,000 34,500
Oceans of blue: Develop coastal, estuarine and marine monitoring program 35,000 73,000
Island refuge: Develop and implement biodiversity monitoring program 35,000 90,000
Repel the invaders: Effectively manage feral pigs, deer and cats 35,000 75,000
Repel the invaders: Develop and implement border detections system and undertake community awareness 40,000 83,000
Back from the brink: Implement Glossy Black Cockatoo recovery program 16,000 34,000
Healthy soils: Conduct investigation into soil management techniques in areas subject to water logging 8,000 16,000
NRM Board and Program Administration 0 230,000
Total 538,049 1,355,151


Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Murray Darling Basin

Investment Total Funds
Developing and Implementing Land and Water Management Plans 350,000
Mobilising community action through Land and Water Management Planning in the Tintinara Coonalpyn Area 40,000
Quantify impacts and options to address of rising salinity on the built environment (Tintinara Coonalpyn area) 10,000
Policy framework for salinity management 200,000
Accounting for salinity 250,000
Preliminary investigations for the development of an environmental flows strategy for the Pike River & Murtho floodplains 120,000
Investigating and implementing flow management options for the Chowilla Anabranch System 100,000
Water quality audit and risk assessment 50,000
Accelerating stormwater and wastewater quality improvements in urban catchments 300,000
Improving management and allocation of water within prescribed water resources 180,000
Priority revegetation and remnant protection to reduce recharge, reduce soil loss and enhance biodiversity 150,000
Developing guidelines for grazing on the SA River Murray floodplain 40,000
Identifying sites of priority for conservation in the River Murray corridor 180,000
Development and implementation of integrated Natural Resource Management of the Riverland Ramsar site, including Chowilla 95,000
Roadside vegetation management in priority areas 25,000
Targeting Revegetation and Bush Management - On Ground Actions in the Murray Darling Basin 43,000
Bushcare Support in the Murray Darling Basin 140,000
Save the Swamps 125,000
Fish passage in River Murray anabranches 80,000
River Corridor multi-spp recovery planning 80,000
Integration of conservation management with pastoral production -Chowilla 15,000
Implementation of the Coorong and Lower Lakes Ramsar Management Plan – Communication, Ngarrindjeri Involvement, Monitoring and Review 80,000
Detailed mapping of the coastal, nearshore marine and estuarine habitats / detailed biological surveys of the nearshore marine environment 155,000
Local Government and Industry Support Strategy 100,000
Partnership in natural resource management 150,000
Establishing the roles and responsibilities of Local Government in the MDB 40,000
NRM Board & Program Administration 250,000
Design, construct and operate salt interception schemes for salinity mitigation 6,040,000
Rehabilitation of the Lower Murray Swamps 2,700,000
Total 12,088,000


Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Mount Lofty Ranges

Investment 2003-04
Total funds
Total funds
Determine sustainable water resource limits and prepare water management plans for the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula 178,333 356,667
Establish salinity baselines for key areas 20,000 40,000
Establish baselines for biodiversity conservation 60,000 150,000
Establish environment values for the marine environment 20,000 40,000
Establish consistent monitoring and evaluation framework for project management 13,750 27,500
Review of community monitoring program in the region 12,500 25,000
Develop regional monitoring and evaluation reporting program 37,500 75,000
Maintain existing biodiversity capacity building programs (BMA network, Bushcare support, Bush for Life) 105,000 210,000
Maintain existing biodiversity capacity building program in urban areas (Urban Forest Biodiversity Program) 59,000 118,000
Maintain existing capacity building programs (Land Management, Landcare Support) 308,333 616,667
Maintain existing community marine monitoring and awareness programs (Reefwatch) 33,350 66,650
Maintain existing capacity building programs for coast, estuarine and marine (previously Coastcare) 45,000 90,000
Maintain a network of NRM information resources throughout the region 50,450 100,800
Riparian zone protection for improved water quality 200,000 400,000
Protection of priority riparian zones in the Southern Fleurieu 107,000 213,000
Implement high water use strategies for salinity outcomes 172,700 525,300
Protect threatened species and ecological communities 300,000 880,500
Protection and management of 100ha of known significant biodiversity assets 50,000 100,000
Implement on ground in the urban area (UFBP) 108,000 215,000
Protection, enhancement and restoration of priority coast, estuarine and marine areas 33,300 66,700
Maintain regional control programs for nationally rated pests and diseases 33,300 66,700
Empowerment/Indigenous participation in NRM 50,000 100,000
Increasing community awareness of Indigenous cultural values and their relationship to NRM 20,000 40,000
NRM Board and Program Administration 0 490,000
Total 2,017,517 5,013,483


Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Northern and Yorke Agricultural District

Investment 2003-04
Total funds
Total funds
Review existing baseline monitoring programs 33,000 67,000
Initiate comprehensive marine biology inventory, targeting regional hotspots 33,000 67,000
Maintain NRM Regional Support Network (3 NRM officers) 0 312,000
Establish NRM Support Program for Aboriginal Communities 25,000 50,000
Maintain regional biodiversity support program – BMA, Reg Ecologist, Bushcare Support 0 330,000
Support water resource management programs – Waterwatch etc 41,250 83,750
Develop standardised risk assessment framework for planning authorities dealing with development applications 11,550 23,450
Review arrangements for prevention of pest incursions (including marine) 10,000 20,000
Develop salinity management plans for priority catchments 25,000 50,000
Develop integrated management plans for coastal areas of particular significance (including shorebird habitats) 25,000 50,000
Develop an integrated revegetation strategy for region, covering biodiversity and production 25,000 50,000
Protect 800ha of remnant native vegetation in priority biodiversity areas 75,900 154,100
Maintain plant propagation unit to undertake seed collection and propagation programs for regional habitat construction program 16,500 33,500
Support environmental week programs over 800ha in priority biodiversity areas including coasts and watercourses 0 230,000
Implement recovery plans and associate actions for the conservation of threatened species and communities 66,000 134,000
Research into the control of intractable weeks such as silver leaf nightshade, onion week, topped lavender and knapweed 8,580 17,420
Investigate extent and impacts of farm dam and irrigation development in priority areas under development pressure 73,920 150,080
Conduct regional investigations of smaller streams to assess ecological assets and their requirements 26,400 53,600
Expand grassland management trials to establish best practice management guidelines 16,500 33,500
NRM Board and Program Administration 0 330,000
Total 512,600 2,239,400


Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for South East

Investment 2003-04
Total funds
Total funds
NRM Board and Program Administration 0 305,000
Monitoring Investment Strategy project milestones 54,450 110,000
Management and Protection assistance with Heritage Agreement Scheme 57,750 117,250
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo recovery 13,530 27,470
Threatened species and habitat recovery 60,000 200,000
Wetland management and restoration in the lower South East 25,000 90,000
Strategic wildlife corridors 24,420 49,580
Coorong and Lower Lakes; Ramsar Plan review, communications strategy 33,000 67,000
Protecting the Blue Lake from land use impacts 48,675 98,825
Minimising salt accession 44,880 91,120
South East weed risk assessment 6,600 13,400
Establishment of Indigenous Focus Group for understanding NRM issues 19,800 40,200
Building regional capacity in land and water management 66,000 134,000
Coast and Marine Management Support 26,400 53,600
Fingers on the pulse (environmental benchmarking for Monitoring and Evaluation) 0 115,000
Total 480,505 1,512,445
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