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

5 June 2001

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY DOLLARS TO GREEN AUSTRALIA


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill announced a $10 million commitment to Greening Australia on World Environment Day.

Senator Hill said the $10 million funding to Greening Australia would support about 60 Bushcare Support Centres and nearly 50 seed banks around the country.

"On World Environment Day the Commonwealth Government is demonstrating its support for the thousands of groups around Australia working hard towards greening this nation," Senator Hill said.

The funding comes from the Federal Government's $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust which has seen more than 300 000 Australians volunteer their time to work on more than 10 300 environmental projects.

"Trust programs like Bushcare Support are working towards repairing our land, waterways, oceans and beaches along with protecting threatened plants and animals," Senator Hill said.

"This new funding will support Bushcare officers in their work - giving community groups the best advice on which plant species suit particular areas, seeding techniques and the ideal width for revegetation corridors. These are local people with comprehensive knowledge of the local area and conditions."

Senator Hill made the funding announcement at Greening Australia's Super Seeder Tree Propagation Challenge at Parliament House where parliamentary staff and Greening Australia volunteers raced to sow seeds for 10,000 trees.

"Bushcare Support gives community groups and landholders training in revegetation with a particular emphasis on caring for their projects in the long-term," Senator Hill said.

"They learn how to monitor their work and how this knowledge can help improve vegetation management in Australia in the future."

The Bushcare Support program began in 1998. The new funding builds on $21 million in past funding, extending the Bushcare Support program till the end of 2002.

5 June 2001
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