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Joint Statement by the Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill
with the West Australian Minister for the Environment, The Hon Cheryl Edwardes
4 June 1997
A critically endangered plant community in Western Australia will be conserved in a new nature reserve following the joint purchase of farm land by the Federal and Western Australian Governments.
The two governments have bought 12.5 ha of uncleared farm land near Busselton, 200 km south of Perth, in an effort to protect the critically endangered Southern Ironstone ecological community.
West Australian Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes says the $51,000 joint purchase is a valuable addition to the National Reserve System.
"Until now, none of the Southern Ironstone community have been included in conservation reserves, although more than 95 per cent of the community has been cleared. This new 12.5 ha reserve is the second largest remaining occurrence of the Southern Ironstone community in Australia and will contribute to the conservation of the region's biodiversity.".
The Western Australian Government matched the Federal Government's $25,500 contribution dollar for dollar so that the farm land could be acquired for inclusion in the National Reserve System.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the National Reserve System has been established to identify and protect examples of all ecosystems within our landscapes and seascapes.
"Through the program, the Commonwealth, States and Territories are cooperating to conserve Australia's biodiversity. The community can look forward to seeing more cooperative arrangements between the Commonwealth and the States following the recent launch of the Natural Heritage Trust.
"Under the Trust, such partnerships will help develop long-term perspectives on the preservation of biodiversity and a strategic approach to the management of our natural resources."
Media inquires: Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515.
Diana Russell Coote (Minister Edwardes' office) 090 421 7777
June 4, 1997