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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill
Federal Member for McEwen, Fran Bailey

28 September 2001


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Member for McEwen, Fran Bailey, today announced $125,200 in Natural Heritage Trust funding for four local environment projects.

Senator Hill said the projects would encourage community groups and local councils to participate in on-ground environmental action to protect and conserve remnant vegetation and native fauna and destroy invasive species.

"With $17,600 Bushcare funding the Nillumbik Shire Council will protect remnant vegetation on private land by implementing a biodiversity rebate system," Senator Hill said.

"The system allows for conservation covenants to be placed on tracts of land to protect remnant vegetation from grazing, weed infestation and development.

"The Centre for Resource and Environment Studies will receive $37,300 under the Trust's Endangered Species Program to continue efforts to protect the habitat of the Leadbeater's Possum," Senator Hill said.

"This small, shy marsupial is restricted to the tall eucalypt forests of Central Victoria. As a key part of its recovery plan, the project will undertake a comprehensive community-based habitat assessment and population monitoring program."

Member for McEwen, Fran Bailey, welcomed the Trust funding, saying it would assist local residents working to protect and restore their environment.

"Other projects being undertaken in Victoria which will benefit the local area will help implement the North-East Regional Vegetation Plan and support the Spotted Tree Frog Recovery Plan," Ms Bailey said.

"All these projects will build on the achievements of the past four years in bringing together community groups and all levels of government to tackle environment problems at their source.

"I congratulate the groups behind these projects and look forward to seeing work they are doing on the ground.

"Hundreds of residents in our local area are joining almost 400,000 people volunteering their time and energy to work on Natural Heritage Trust projects throughout Australia."

28 September 2001

Media contacts:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill's office): 0419 693 515
Amanda Bailey (Fran Bailey's office): 03 5962 1255

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