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

27 October 2001

$1.2 Million Package to Control Weeds and Save Species in New South Wales

Weed control on Sydney's Northern beaches region and priority recovery action for five threatened species in the Blue Mountains and the critically endangered Lords Howe Island giant stick insect are among a suite of projects to receive Commonwealth funding of more than $1.2 million dollars today.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said funding for 29 statewide projects has been made available under the Federal Government's $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

"These grants will support a range of projects under the National Weeds and Endangered Species programs," Senator Hill said.

"Funds will be used by councils, landcare groups and catchment authorities to implement on-ground works to control weeds choking rivers and affecting habitats in the Hunter Valley, the mid Snowy River Catchment, the Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour coastlines, the Tweed coast, the Tumut-Adelong region and Orange in the central west.

"Weed control projects will target bitou bush, boneseed, alligator weed and the removal of Willows.

"Projects funded under the Endangered Species Program include priority recovery action to halt the immediate extinction of the critically endangered giant stick insect on Lord Howe Island as well as an eradication program to remove Bridal Creeper which poses a significant threat to the island's biodiversity and seabird habitats there.

The New South Wales Parkes and Wildlife Service will coordinate a community-based recovery program targeting five threatened species in the Blue Mountains - including the Blue Mountains Water skink and the Blue Mountains Dwarf Pine," Senator Hill said.

Recovery plans will also be implemented to halt the decline of the Southern Corroboree Frog, the Bathurst Copper Butterfly and the Regent Honeyeater.

27 October 2001

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