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Joint Statement by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and
West Australian Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes
19 June 1998
The Federal and Western Australian Governments have joined forces to purchase a piece of land in the Wheatbelt as part of their commitment to tackling the State's salinity problem.
The 726ha block - adjoining North Tarin Rock Nature Reserve near Lake Grace in the South-West - is the first piece of land bought under the Coalition Government's Salinity Action Plan.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and State Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes today welcomed the acquisition and said it would increase the size of the North Tarin Rock Nature Reserve by more than 50 per cent.
They said the purchase would improve the viability of the nature reserve and was a fine example of how Governments could work together to improve the environment.
The Ministers said the block was uncleared and would be a valuable addition to the State's conservation reserve network as well as providing the basis for long-term salinity control measures in the area.
The purchase was funded by a $52 800 contribution from the Natural Heritage Trust under the National Reserve System program, and $26 400 from the State Government.
Senator Hill said the purchase added vegetation types to the National Reserve System which were currently under-represented, including shrublands and Salmon Gum woodlands.
"The area is a significant habitat for priority native species such as the Carnaby's Cockatoo, Tammar Wallaby, Malleefowl and Western Brush Wallaby," he said.
"It will help to control salinity, complementing other work being done in the catchment area."
Mrs Edwardes said protecting areas of remnant native vegetation and integrating management were important features of the State Government's Salinity Action Plan.
"Surveys by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) have identified the rare native plant Kulin conostylis, previously known only from a reserve 20 km to the north, and other plant species on CALM's priority list," she said.
"As the area is along a watershed, it plays a significant role in reducing the amount of water recharging groundwater tables in two separate catchments.
"Consequently, it will complement Landcare and Bushcare programs that landowners in the catchment are undertaking on their own properties."
19 June 1998
Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640
Nicole Trigwell (Mrs Edwardes) 08 9421 7777