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Natural Heritage Trust

16 October 2000

MORE NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST FUNDING TO PROTECT ACT ENVIRONMENT


Community groups and the environment throughout the ACT will benefit significantly from additional funding from the Federal Government's $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

Margaret Reid, Senator for the ACT today announced $1.36 million for 28 projects in the ACT for 2000-01.

Senator Reid announced the funding at a site where local volunteers are working to protect and enhance the unique Snow Gum habitat in Aranda.

The project aims to conserve the once characteristic transition of grasslands, frost hollow, fringing Snow Gums and grassy woodland. The Friends of Aranda Bushland Inc will receive $9,300 in Natural Heritage Trust funding to help residents erect fencing, control rabbits and weeds and plant using local provenance.

"From weed eradication in the Lake Ginninderra Catchment to erosion control along Reedy Creek, local volunteers are working with the Commonwealth Government to protect our local natural heritage," Senator Reid said.

"The projects in the ACT will form part of an important network of community environmental activity around Australia which will deliver benefits now and for future generations.

"This is the fourth year the Trust has funded local community groups for on-ground works with the dual goals of sustainable agriculture and conservation of Australia's unique biological diversity."

Senator Reid said today's funding came on top of the $2.98 million already allocated for local environmental projects through the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust.

Further information: Senator Reid 62773300 (w) 62311008 (h)

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