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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald

9 December 2005

Community drought recovery in WA boosted by Envirofund


Local communities in drought-affected areas in Western Australia are being helped to rebuild their land and their lives with $1,153,747 from the Australian Government’s Envirofund.

Details of successful applications for the 2005 Drought Recovery Envirofund were announced today by the Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald.

"Much of Western Australia may now be greening up after the rain but the corrosive effect of the drought remains," Senator Campbell said.

"This funding for 33 community-based projects in the West will help people recover from the drought and manage their land to reduce the impacts of future dry spells.

"We received an unprecedented demand for grants from across the country and in response, doubled the funding originally set aside from $10 million to $20 million. This means we have been able to approve 1145 applications nationally."

Senator Campbell said funding would go to a number innovative Western Australian projects.

"One example of this is a project on rangeland near Kalgoorlie which aims to make water collection in the area more effective," he said.

"It involves converting two old dams and replanting them with native trees and shrubs while constructing a new dam in a more environmentally suitable area.

"Other projects include fencing to exclude stock and feral animals from springs so they can recover after the drought, setting up grazing management yards to allow paddocks to be spelled and controlling feral pests like goats."

Envirofund is the community-focused component of the Australian Government’s $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

The next standard Envirofund round will open in February 2006.

Some examples of Western Australian projects are attached.

For details of all projects go to http://www.nht.gov.au/envirofund/

Media contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
David Crisafulli (Minister Macdonald) 07 4771 3066 or 0400 144 483


Round 7 Australian Government Envirofund

Western Australia project examples

Fencing to Protect Wetland Ecosystems, Bulga Downs $7,545

This project will involve constructing 4km of fencing to exclude stock and feral animals from two natural springs at Bulga Downs near Murchison to help natural regeneration in the area.

Water Harvesting Rationalisation for Sustainable Land Management, $19,136

Two obsolete dams at Coolgardie near Kalgoorlie will be decommissioned under this project and a new dam constructed in an environmentally suited area. The former dam areas will be planted with 3,000 native trees and shrubs and three alternative stock watering points and 2km of fencing will be constructed to exclude stock from the old dams while these are growing.

Protection of Mt Narryer Heritage Area and Murchison River Frontage $41,800

This project will involve constructing 36km of fencing to exclude stock from the Mount Narryer heritage area on Mount Narryer near Murchison and to manage grazing in the surrounding area. Two Total Grazing Management yards will be constructed to allow paddocks to be spelled. This will also help control feral animals such as goats.

Sustainable Land Management Program in the Rangelands $45,455

This project will enable paddock spelling by establishing four Total Grazing Management yards on rangelands near Carnarvon and constructing 19km of fencing. This will also help with control of feral goats. An additional watering point will be established that will decrease pressure on an existing bore and a pipeline will improve water quality at a saline bore site.

Erosion Control and Drought Recovery Measures for Gindalbie Station $38,463

This project will enable paddock spelling by installing seven Total Grazing Management yards at Gindalbie near Murchison. This will also help with control of feral goats. Two dams will be desilted and fencing erected to help control erosion control by excluding stock.

Fencing Off Riparian Areas on the Gascoyne River $45,427

This project involves constructing 36km of fencing to exclude stock from the Gascoyne River on the Brickhouse property near Carnarvon. This will enable control of weeds such as mesquite, castor oil trees and passionfruit vine, and allow the riparian zone of the river to naturally regenerate.

Goat Control, Provision of Alternative Drought Management Options and Improvement of Water Supplies $27,376

This project will involve constructing 2.18km of fencing on Hill View farm near Perenjori/Morawa in the wheat belt region south east of Geraldton to protect an area of bluebush from stock, allowing natural regeneration to occur. The area will be available for controlled grazing during drought. Stock access to a floodplain area will also be controlled by constructing 9.32km of fencing. Natural regeneration of the area will be augmented by seeding with 50kg of grass seed and planting 15,250 trees. A dam will be decommissioned and a new dam constructed. A trap yard will be built to control feral goat populations. A feedlot will be built, enabling paddock spelling.

Reducing Grazing Pressure through Water Restructure, Boonderoo $45,454

This project will install 39km of polypipe and three alternative stock watering points to move grazing pressure away from existing bore-supplied watering points on Kanandah station to more ecologically resilient sites on Boonderoo near Kalgoorlie.

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