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JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

Senator Robert Hill
Federal Environment Minister
Iain Evans
SA Environment Minister

3 May 2001

NEW ADELAIDE BIODIVERSITY PLAN UNVEILED


A new plan to provide greater protection for native bushland in Adelaide and strengthen long-term conservation of the city's biodiversity was today launched by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and South Australian Environment Minister Iain Evans.

"Conserving Adelaide's Biodiversity - Resources outlines Adelaide's biodiversity such as locations of remnant bushland, lists of plant communities and habitats, animal species living in these locations, species of significance and technical information on flora and fauna. Most importantly, it provides strategies for threat management," Senator Hill said.

"It is a unique tool for planners, land managers, educators, politicians and community groups to help ensure Adelaide's biodiversity is understood and protected."

Senator Hill launched the guide at Carrick Hill bushland - home to more than 80 native plant species, saying it was an important step forward in understanding biodiversity in the 185,000ha Adelaide metropolitan region.

"This guide tells us about our heritage, from describing where we are most likely to find the chocolate wattled bat to how to ensure we continue to see koalas feeding in Adelaide trees," Senator Hill said.

"The Adelaide region has been described as having probably the richest source of biodiversity in the state before European settlement - this guide tells us how to ensure we can attempt to halt the current loss of habitat and therefore species in the Adelaide area."

Funding of approximately $100,000 was made available under the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) for Conserving Adelaide's Biodiversity - Resources, which is part of the Metropolitan Adelaide Biodiversity Plan.

The Metropolitan Adelaide Biodiversity Plan is funded by the South Australian Urban Forest Biodiversity Program (UFBP), to which the Trust has committed total funding of $1.3 million since 1997/98. State, local government and community organisations have also committed substantial funding and assistance to the Program.

Through the UFBP, Carrick Hill Bushland on the footslopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges has been the target of on-ground action to control invasive weed species.

South Australian Environment Minister Iain Evans said the guide would help build on growing community knowledge of local flora and fauna.

"This information is essential to achieve the long-term aims of environmental management for the region into the future," Mr Evans said.

The other books that form the Metropolitan Adelaide Biodiversity Plan are Conserving Adelaide's Biodiversity - A Planned Approach; Project Outlines; and a Brochure Series.

The Metropolitan Adelaide Biodiversity Plan is one of seven regional biodiversity plans for South Australia funded by the Trust. Biodiversity plans for the South East and the Murray Darling Basin areas of South Australia were finalised recently, while plans for the Northern Agricultural Districts, the Eyre Peninsula, the Mount Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo Island are pending finalisation.

Bushcare has sponsored projects that protect, enhance and increase native vegetation in South Australia with a total of $21,934,269 funding since mid-1996. Nationally, more than $210 million has been invested in projects that contribute to Bushcare's principal aim of reversing the long-term decline in the quality and extent of Australia's native vegetation cover.

3 May 2001

Media contact:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office): 08 82377920 or 0419 258364
Anna Jackson (Iain Evans' office): 08 8303 2471

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