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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

7 November 2001

$850,000 boost for NSW World Heritage Properties


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill announced today Commonwealth funding of $850,000 for world heritage properties in New South Wales.

Senator Hill said four world heritage properties in New South Wales - Lord Howe Island, Willandra Lakes, the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves and the Greater Blue Mountains - would share the Natural Heritage Trust funding.

"Commonwealth funding targets projects that enhance the protection, conservation and presentation of world heritage values," Senator Hill said.

"At Lord Howe Island, Commonwealth funding will assist with the eradication of weeds and feral animals as well as the rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded areas."

The Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves include spectacular reserves such as the Dorrigo, New England and Oxley Wild Rivers National Parks. Commonwealth funding will support projects to upgrade visitor facilities, to protect dry rainforest communities from stock and weed incursions and rehabilitate priority rainforest areas.

Senator Hill said a key objective of funding for the Willandra Lakes world heritage property was to facilitate the role of traditional Aboriginal people in the management of cultural sites.

"Willandra Lakes was one of the first properties in Australia's to be inscribed in the world heritage list. It is still one of the few properties in the world listed for both indigenous heritage values and natural values. The Government has worked hard to assist local landholders through a major structural adjustment program. We are also working co-operatively with traditional Aboriginal people to promote their involvement in management of the area and its cultural sites."

Senator Hill also announced additional funding to enhance the presentation of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. "Today's funding for the Blue Mountains comes on top of previously announced Commonwealth funding of $1.5 million to support visitor centres in the Blue Mountains."

The Commonwealth is providing more than $70 million toward world heritage management in 2001-2002.

November 7, 2001
Media Contact:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) 0419 258 364


2001 - 02 Natural Heritage Trust - NSW World Heritage Management - Approved Projects

Project Objective Commonwealth
Funding
WILLANDRA LAKES REGION
Community Management Council and Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee This project will facilitate the operations of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee and Community Management Council. $40 000
Executive Officer Support This project will fund an officer to provide vital secretariat support to World Heritage area management committees, provide liaison support to all involved groups, manage on ground implementation of individual property plan projects, and assist in ongoing support for the implementation of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area Plan of Management $95 000
Willandra Lakes Elders Council This project will facilitate and support the role of the Three Traditional Tribal Groups in management of the World Heritage area. $40 000
Aboriginal Site Management and Monitoring Strategy Phase 2 This project will facilitate an expansion in the role of traditional Aboriginal people in management and conservation of archaeological sites in Willandra Lakes Region WHA. It builds upon an earlier project designed to establish a monitoring framework for cultural heritage sites in the World Heritage area. $70 000
Total Willandra   $245,000
LORD HOWE ISLAND
Lord Howe Museum Funding to completion and fitout of the Lord Howe Island Museum project. $150,000
World Heritage Area management support. Project to provide suitably qualified and experienced support to the LHI Board to implement World Heritage related programs, by funding secondment of a Senior ranger from NSW NPWS to Lord Howe Island. $68,000
Priority weed management through community involvement. Project aimed at increasing and coordinating a joint Board and Community driven weed eradication program. This project builds on previous successful programs, and will expand the range of activities in helping eliminate an identified significant threat to WH values. $73,000
Feral animal control - rodents. On-going control program for rodents on LHI. Rat control is identified as a high priority action under the LH World Heritage Strategic Plan. Predation by rats has been identified as a key threatening process in the Draft Recovery Plan for Placostylus bivaricosus (landsnail). $25,000
Rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded areas on Lord Howe Island. Project to implement further on-ground rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded areas, including areas reclaimed from weed clearing activities, particularly along margins of the Permanent Park Preserve. $25,000
Total Lord Howe Island   $341,000
CERRA (NSW)
CERRA Executive Officer
(NSW component)
CERRA Executive Officer - ensuring ongoing administrative support for CERRA Steering and Coordinating Committees, the soon to be formed Community and Technical/ Scientific Advisory Committees, and coordination, technical and planning advice to management agencies. $37,500
Support for Advisory Committees Support for the new CERRA Community Advisory Committee and CERRA Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee. $25,000
Repair of walking track - New England National Park Urgent repair of storm damage to the popular and scenic Eagles Nest track, located at Point Lookout. $24,010
Refurbishment of picnic area - Tooloom National Park The project will carry out refurbishment works in the picnic area, replacing existing dilapidated visitor facilities and improving signage, while maintaining the current recreational setting. $15,000
Weed control and boundary stock fencing, Oxley Wild Rivers NP In cooperation with landholders, prevent incursion of stock from adjacent private property and associated spread of weeds that threaten adjacent dry rainforest communities. Following fencing, weed control works will be carried out over an area of approximately 80ha. $18,000
Rainforest restoration /rehabilitation works Rainforest restoration /rehabilitation works at several priority sites in CERRA, mostly in the Northern Rivers, Iluka, Gibraltar Range and Dorrigo areas in accordance with a Directorate-wide rainforest rehabilitation strategy. $45,000
Total CERRA NSW   $164,510
GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS
Development of Integrated World Heritage Interpretive Displays, Signage, Exhibitions and Pamphlets The project will provide information, educational material, interpretation, and promotion for the GBMWHA in a way that creates a greater understanding of and support for its outstanding universal values and the World Heritage concept. $100,000
Total Greater Blue Mountains   $100,000
Total All NSW Properties   $850,510
Commonwealth of Australia