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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Gillard Government support for environmental recovery from disasters

Joint media release
23 March 2011

The Gillard Government today announced a new package of measures to drive the recovery of Australia's natural resources in the aftermath of the recent natural disasters.

Environment Minister Tony Burke and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig outlined details of new funding to support the environmental recovery and agricultural activities in flood, cyclone and bushfire-affected areas across the nation.

“It is vital that we take action now to ensure our natural environment recovers from the disasters that have impacted our nation,” Minister Burke said.

“These measures will address impacts on our plant and animal life, support the volunteers who do such a great job in protecting our environment and develop recovery and rehabilitation strategies.

“Volunteers will work on activities such as the reconstruction of wildlife corridors and removal of debris spread by flood waters.”

Minister Ludwig said the funding would support ongoing recovery efforts following the devastating impact of natural disasters across Australia this summer.

“Over the last few months, Australia has been subject to extraordinary weather events that have and will continue to have significant impacts on our nation,” Minister Ludwig said
“This funding will bring together Conservation Volunteers Australia to work with Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations in disaster-affected areas on the recovery and restoration of regional and rural environments. It complements the Government's ongoing efforts in working with farmers to recover after the floods and cyclone.”

The package commits more than $8 million including:

  • $4.9 million to regional natural resource management (NRM) organisations in disaster-affected areas to undertake environmental recovery works including the restoration of wildlife corridors, removal of debris spread by flood waters and weed and pest animal control;
  • $1.35 million to Conservation Volunteers Australia to coordinate and deliver assistance from volunteers for on-ground environmental recovery activities; $1.08 million to address immediate impacts of floods and cyclone on the Great Barrier Reef including to on marine habitats and develop recovery strategies. It will also include early detection and eradication of new pests; and
  • $785 000 for restoration activities in the Gondwana and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas to respond to impacts of flooding and rehabilitate species and areas affected.

Information on Caring for our Country and disaster recovery is available at www.nrm.gov.au.