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Media Release
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

1 August 2004

Funding boost for Tasmania's flora and fauna


A project that has helped improve the biodiversity of over 2000 hectares of privately-owned land in Tasmania has received a funding boost to continue this important work.

On Monday, 2 August 2004, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage will meet to congratulate members of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association on sharing in $283,000 in federal funding for a joint project as part of the National Reserve System Program.

Location: The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Cimitiere Street, Launceston

Time: 11.30 am

The project - Protected Areas on Private Land 2 - Stage 2 - is a joint project between the federal Government, the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry Water and Environment (DPIWE), the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC). The federal Government's commitment represents one half of the identified budget of the project. Additional funding was supplied by DPIWE, TFGA and TLC.

Dr Stone said the aim of the project was to develop covenants with private landowners to achieve long-term conservation agreements on private non-forest land in Tasmania. Funding for the current stage of the project included the employment of a conservation agreement officer with the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association to source significant locations and work with landowners in creating effective management plans in accordance with the National Reserve System, which focuses on protecting Australia's native biodiversity.

"Since 1998, the project has covenanted 63 private properties totalling 2273 hectares. It has raised awareness of the importance of identifying and protecting local ecosystems and the management plans that support this conservation," Dr Stone said.

"Stage 2 of the project will continue to covenant land that meets the priorities of the National Reserve System including targeting high priority vegetation communities, rare or threatened flora, habitat for rare or threatened fauna and high priority freshwater and geo-conservation values.

"It is an effective program and demonstrates what can be done when parties work together with a common aim."

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