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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

MINISTERS ANNOUNCE NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST GRANTS FOR NSW


21 September 1998

The Federal Government today announced 949 projects worth more than $50 million for New South Wales from the first round of funding from the Natural Heritage Trust for 1998-99.

The Federal Primary Industries and Energy Minister, John Anderson, and the Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill, said the funding would assist communities to restore and conserve the State's land, water and vegetation and protect important habitat.

Mr Anderson said more than $20 million would go to 274 community Landcare projects, continuing the enormous efforts of the Landcare movement delivering on-ground results in New South Wales.

"$13 million will go to more than 200 projects through Murray Darling 2001 to continue to improve the management of Australia's largest river system, which is responsible for more than 40% of our agricultural production," Mr Anderson said.

"More than $2.3 million under Rivercare will support 70 projects to help rehabilitate local rivers and streams and undertake riparian revegetation works," Mr Anderson said.

Senator Hill said more than 300 Bushcare projects worth $9 million would go to protecting and restoring native vegetation in New South Wales.

"These on-ground community projects will help landholders protect remnant vegetation, plant 3 million trees and will protect over 50,000 hectares of native bush," Senator Hill said.

"The works will involve over 4,000 kilometres of fencing and result in a dramatic improvement in the way bush is looked after in New South Wales."

The Ministers said a range of additional projects under the Farm Forestry, Wetlands, Fisheries Action and Waterwatch programs made the New South Wales NHT grants a fully integrated package of environmental care and natural resource management.

Media Contacts:
Robert Haynes (Mr Anderson's office) on 0419 493511
Matt Brown (Senator Hill's office) on 0419 693515

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