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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
&
Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and
Minister for Mines
Stephen Robertson

10 October 2002

$500,000 Funding to Combat Salinity in Fitzroy Basin


The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments today allocated $500,000 joint funding to a Central Queensland natural resources group to assist their campaign to combat salinity and declining water quality.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Queensland Natural Resources Minister, Stephen Robertson, approved the $500,000 funding to the Fitzroy Basin Association.

Funding approval followed ratification of the Fitzroy Basin Association’s Activity Agreement under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP).

Minister Kemp said the joint funding would be vital to support key natural resource management planning activities in the region.

“The National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality funding is earmarked to assist the group
with the development of an NRM plan and investment strategy,” he said.

“The regional Natural Resource Management plan will be the basis for decisions about further funding for targeted on-ground investment needed to improved water quality and reduce the risk of salinity.”

“This is an example of the Fitzroy Basin community working in partnership with Governments to deliver good natural resource management outcomes for their region,” Dr Kemp said.

Minister Robertson said this funding was a significant step forward for Queensland in community based planning.

“This funding will play a vital role in engaging local sub-regional NRM groups, local government, industry, conservation groups and indigenous people in the plan development process, he said.”

“The fight against salinity and water quality in the Fitzroy Basin, and all priority regions, is about encouraging the involvement of all groups in the region to ensure that the plans take into account the whole landscape and provide for a sustainable future,” he said.

Under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, the Federal and State governments are investing a total of $162 million for projects in Queensland.

The Queensland priority investment areas are in the catchments of the Lockyer/Bremer/Upper Brisbane - Burnett/Mary Rivers; the Fitzroy-Burdekin Rivers; the Condamine-Balonne-Maranoa Rivers and the Border Rivers.

More information on the National Action Plan is available at: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/salinity and www.napswq.gov.au.

Media contacts:
Paul Lynch Mr Robertson's office (07) 3896 3689 or 0417 728 676
Catherine Job Minister Kemp’s office (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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