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Natural Heritage Trust

Media Release
Joint Statement by Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill, and
Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson

COMMUNITY PROJECTS SCORE HIGHLY IN TRUST FUNDING


14 November 1997

More than $7 million for a raft of environment projects has been announced for Tasmania in the first major round of funding from the Natural Heritage Trust.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Primary Industries and Energy Minister John Anderson have approved a total of 180 projects as the first instalment of an expected $13 million for Tasmania this financial year.

Tasmania will receive $125 million over the first five years of the Trust.

Community groups have scored highly with almost 80 per cent of the projects being community based.

Senator Hill says the range of projects submitted by Tasmanian community groups is a testament to the willingness of Australians to join in the nation's largest environmental rescue effort.

"Community groups have soundly endorsed the Natural Heritage Trust and its aim of building on the enthusiasm and commitment of the community to work for a better environment. We have allocated $4.4 million to 142 community groups across Tasmania.

"Among the successful applicants are two Port Cygnet Landcare groups in Tasmania's south east whose members will receive $10 000 to replace willows along a local stream with native trees and shrubs and the Reekara Landcare Group, which receives $11 520 to conserve and increase remnant vegetation on King Island in Bass Strait.

"Other on-the-ground projects to begin soon include a $35 570 habitat rehabilitation project for the Swift Parrot, a $96 000 West Coast weed strategy and $148 000 for a vertebrate pest management program on Macquarie Island.

"Projects have been approved across the State and will involve the community working in concert with local and State government agencies and industry."

Mr Anderson says the funding from the National Landcare Program and National Rivercare Program will allow work on developing awareness of weed management issues, developing integrated catchment and natural resource management plans, and riverbank stabilisation and restoration.

"The successful projects range from a $2 000 river catchment rehabilitation project by the Kermandie River Catchment Landcare Group to a $225 000 catchment management program to be implemented by the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Landcare Steering Committee."

The Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments became formally committed to the Trust with the joint signing of a partnership agreement in October.

The signing of the agreement reinforces the Natural Heritage Trust message that environmental repair must be a partnership between the community and all levels of government.

Trust programs such as Bushcare, Endangered Species, the National Feral Animal Control Strategy, Landcare, Rivercare and Farm Forestry are included in today's announcement. Projects for the Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas program will be announced early next year.

14 November 1997
134/97

For details on individual project approvals:
Bruce Gall Environment Australia 02 62500568
David Lambert DPIE 02 6272 3642

Media contacts:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 0419 693 515 or 02 6277 7640
Rob Haynes (Mr Anderson) 0419 493 511 or 02 6277 7520

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