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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Award to Recognise Innovative Farming Practices

24 July 1997

Any group or individual in the Northern Territory promoting sustainable farming practices has until the end of July to apply for recognition of their efforts.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the Nature Conservation Landcare Award provides an opportunity for innovators in sustainable farming to be honoured at a state, territory and national level and share their knowledge.

Senator Hill, currently in Central Australia, says entries for the Northern Territory final of the nature conservation category close on 31 July.

"The Howard Government is proud to support Landcare Australia and its biennial awards by sponsoring the 1998 Nature Conservation Landcare Award.

"I urge all farmers, graziers, community groups and government agencies in the Northern Territory, involved with applying nature conservation principles to agriculture and other farming sectors, to nominate for the award.

"It is important to find the best examples of sustainable farming in Australia and use these to motivate, more people to emulate the efforts of leaders in this held.

"In addition, the government is providing unprecedented support for the Landcare movement through the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust, so that this country can lead the world as a clean, green nation with an ecologically sustainable agricultural sector.

"The Trust funds will be used at the catchment, regional and local level to tackle problems such as rising water tables and weed infestations, and to rebuild habitat for native birds mammals and countless other species."

All state and territory winners of the Environment Australia Nature Conservation Landcare Award will travel to Canberra next March as finalists in the National Landcare awards.

Entry forms can be obtained by telephoning Landcare Australia on 1800 151 105.

Contact: Julie Marks, Senator Hill's office, 06 277 7640
Carmel Anderson, Environment Australia, 06 250 0766

Commonwealth of Australia