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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

The Hon Tony Burke MP
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Rudd Government supports efforts to save NSW Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

Joint media release
20 November 2008

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One of the most threatened species in NSW – the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby – will benefit from a share of more than $28.5 million from the Rudd Government to protect the environment and promote sustainable farming.

Details of 20 NSW projects to receive funding under the Caring for our Country Open Grants were announced today by Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke.

The funding is part of the $2.25 billion earmarked for the first five years of Caring for our Country, launched in July this year.

Mr Garrett said the projects, ranging from $80,000 to $400,000, would lead to significant environmental benefits and advances in land management practices in all states and territories.

“Through Caring for our Country, the Government is taking a comprehensive, targeted and integrated approach to natural resource management funding, encouraging organisations to work together to deliver on national priorities,” Mr Garrett said.

“Many of the organisations funded through this Open Grants scheme look beyond their local environmental issues to link up with others to deliver better environment and land management practices on a larger scale.

“The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby project, for example, sees the World Wildlife Fund for Nature join with NSW Government agencies, landholders and community groups in a highly intensive management program that aims to reverse the trend which has seen colonies of rock-wallabies disappearing from the landscape.

“This program involves project partners researching rock-wallaby colonies, undertaking targeted threat abatement, monitoring radio-collared rock-wallabies and determining the necessary conditions for a colony to be viable,” Mr Garrett said.

Both ministers said climate change and other pressures such as invasive weeds and pests emphasised the need for the Government to work in partnership with communities to help ensure the future of Australia’s environment and farming industries. 

Of the 137 Open Grants projects funded across Australia, 72 projects worth approximately $14.4 million are for sustainable farm practices and Landcare projects.

Mr Burke said Australia’s farmers were already leading the way in sustainable land management and many of these projects would continue that good work.

“The Rudd Government recognises the role of farmers in a more sustainable environment and that work will be even more important in the face of climate change,” Mr Burke said.

“These projects will help farmers continue producing food for the nation and the world, with less pressure from weeds, feral pests and degradation.

“For example, one project will help to eradicate willows in the Central West and begin to restore 200km of the Kalare (Lachlan) River between Condobolin and Forbes.

“Willows have had a disastrous effect river banks, particularly as their roots collect debris which can cause the river to divert or to become choked with rotting vegetation.

“The Lachlan Aboriginal Natural Resource will work with farmers and landholders as part of this project.”

Further information and a full listing of successful grants is available at 


Project Title Group Funding

Yowrie Valley Biodiversity Enhancement and Sustainable Farming Program

Yowrie Valley Landcare Group


Farmer Targets for Climate Change - New South Wales Mid North Coast

Dairy Advancement Group


Climate Priorities - Stocktake and Priority Setting for Broadacre Irrigation in the New South Wales Riverina

Ricegrowers Association of Australia


Horticulture For Tomorrow - Taking Stock of the Environmental Impacts of Horticultural Production in Australia

Horticulture Australia Limited


Project Title Group Funding

Kalare (Lachlan) River Willow Eradication and Management Project

Lachlan Aboriginal Natural Resource Management Corporation


Conservation of Remnant Vegetation on Travelling Stock Reserves

Lachlan Catchment Management Authority


Saving Island Ecology - Eradication of Weeds from Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island Board


Protecting our Migratory Shorebirds and Seabirds

Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority


Fishtrack: Fish Movement and Effects of Flows and Barriers

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority


Enhancing Riparian Biodiversity and Habitat for Threatened Species in The Upper Murray

Murray Catchment Management Authority


Resilient Riverine Landscapes Below World Heritage Areas

Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority


Riparian Management in the Yanco Creek System

The Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council


Protecting Values Associated with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority


Strategic Bitou Bush Control to Protect Biodiversity in NSW

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA)


Pulling Rock-Wallabies From an Extinction Vortex

World Wide Fund For Nature Australia


Restoring Lowland Rainforest in the NSW North Coast Bioregion

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc.


Seabird Habitat Restoration Project - Montague Island Nature Reserve

Department of Environment and Climate Change


Protection and Enhancement of Biodiversity on Nanya Station

University of Ballarat


Eradicating Rodents from Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island Board


Saving our Swamps: National Restoration Program for Temperate Peat Swamps

Blue Mountains City Council


Commonwealth of Australia