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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Hon Warren Truss MP

Victorian Minister for Environment and Conservation
Sheryl Garbutt
Victorian Minister for Agriculture
Keith Hamilton

26 September 2002

$34M for Salinity and Water Quality Projects in Victoria

Victoria will receive a further $34 million from the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) for a range of projects in many of the State’s worst affected regions, Federal Ministers for Environment, Dr David Kemp, and Agriculture, Warren Truss, and Victorian Ministers for Environment and Conservation, Sheryl Garbutt, and Agriculture, Keith Hamilton, announced today.

The announcement brings total NAP funding in Victoria to nearly $53 million. All up, the two governments will spend $304 million on NAP over the next seven years in four priority regions crossing six Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs):

The Ministers said the projects represent an excellent mix of targeted on-ground works and the adoption by farmers of more sustainable management practices.

“Goulburn Broken CMA, for example, will receive $1.5 million for revegetation projects and fencing to protect remnant vegetation, and to also encourage local landholders to use more sustainable, and often more cost effective, management practices.

“As well, the Corangamite CMA will receive $2.13 million for its Priority Streams program for a range of projects including bank stabilisation and intensive revegetation.” (A summary of the funding awarded and project examples, with contact details, are attached.)

The projects were selected after a rigorous assessment process that included advice from an independent advisory panel comprising experts in areas such as salinity and water quality, biodiversity, agriculture, indigenous issues and local government.

The Ministers said today’s funding has been announced despite the fact that the CMAs’ regional plans are still to be accredited.

“We believe it is vital that the CMAs can go about their business of funding priority works unencumbered by the accreditation process.

“Overall, that process is progressing well, and most CMAs should have submitted their regional plans for final accreditation by the end of the year.”

Media contacts:
Dr Kemp’s office: Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Mr Truss’s office: Tim Langmead (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 221 4333
Ms Garbutt’s office: James O’Brien (03) 9637 8910 or 0409 860 708
Mr Hamilton’s office: Steve Gartland (03) 9637 8980

National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality - Funding Summary

Wimmera CMA

Program Approved Joint Funding
1. Regional Capacity Building in Wimmera CMA to Manage the NAP Program $194,832
2. Capacity Building in Wimmera Local Government to implement NAP Outcomes $94,260
3. Achieving improved Water Quality through integrated action in the Wimmera Region $1,378,000
4. Targeting Salinity Control Works to Achieve NAP and Community Outcomes $2,216,689
Total $3,883,781

Mallee CMA

Program Approved Joint Funding
1. Strategic Program Delivery $740,000
2. Community Capacity Building $1,030,000
3. River Health & Wetland $580,000
4. Salinity & Water Quality - Dryland $1,050,000
5. Salinity & Water Quality - Irrigation $2,537,000
Total $5,937,000

North Central CMA

Program Approved Joint Funding
1. Dryland Salinity $1 987 000
2. Loddon Murray Land and Water Management Strategy $2 070 000
3. Waterway Management $1 850 000
4. Program Management $371 000
Total $6 278 000

Corangamite CMA

Program Approved Joint Funding
1. Priority Streams $2,167,000
2. Wetlands, Lakes and Plains wise management $460,000
3. NAP Program management and coordination $694,000
4. Support tools and information underpinning the Salinity Management Plan $1,541,000
Total $4,862,000

Goulburn Broken CMA

Program Approved Joint Funding
1. Dryland Salinity $1,517,672
2. Irrigation Salinity $3,082,500
3. Water Quality $1,285,130
4. Biodiversity $339,070
5 Capacity Building $2,075,626
Total $8,299,998

Glenelg-Hopkins CMA

Program (allocation made for a variety of activities specific to each region) Approved Joint Funding
1. Lower Glenelg $288 200
2. Upper Glenelg $93 600
3. Portland $208 400
4. Upper Hopkins $492 200
5. Lower Hopkins $286 400
6. Wannon $230 400
7. Region wide activities $2 094 000
Total $3 693 200

Non-Regional Funding

Program Approved Joint Funding
DNRE - Catchment Analysis Tool $392,350
DNRE - Building Regional and Local Government Social and Human Capacity to deliver NAP outcomes $745,988
Total $1,138,338

Examples of Victorian projects in this NAP funding round

Goulburn Broken CMA’s $1.5 million will continue funding priority activities under its dryland salinity management plan. Specific works include major revegetation, fencing and protection of remnant vegetation. These will be delivered mainly through private landholder incentive schemes in the catchment’s high-priority salinity recharge zones. Whole Farm Planning will also be used to encourage the adoption of better management practices for sustainable farming, delivering farm economic and environmental benefits. The programs are part of the strategy to address groundwater recharge in the catchment’s dryland areas. Contact: Bill O’Kane (03) 5822 2288.

With its $2.13 million, Corangamite CMA will undertake high-priority actions under its Priority Streams program. Initiatives in the upper reaches of the Barwon River Basin, for example, will address impacts on the middle and lower zones of the catchment. They will include stream bank stabilisation work, promotion and implementation of sustainable land management practices, and intensive revegetation of waterways and buffer strips.
Contact: Peter Codd (03) 5232 9104.

North Central CMA will use its $1.995 million for a broad program to improve farming and land-use systems. Initiatives will target the catchment’s priority areas, with strong engagement by landholder and community groups. A steering committee of the groups’ representatives will play an important role in identifying landholder capacity issues that could hinder project implementation. Specific activities include developing conceptual models of the salinity process in the project areas, and working with landholders to develop “paddock plans” that deliver multiple benefits. Contact: Mick Davidson
(03) 5440 1803.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA’s funding is for a range of on-ground and capacity-building projects across its seven sub-catchments. For example, $492,200 will go towards the cost of initiatives in the Upper Hopkins sub-catchment, one of the identified zones of high recharge capacity with downstream impact. Funding will go towards management actions to reduce nutrient runoff from steep hill country and riparian vegetation protection on sedimentary rises and basalt plains. Contact: Laurie Norman (03) 5343 2555.

Wimmera CMA has been given $512,000 for research into granite slopes groundwater extraction and recharge characteristics of Wimmera soils, as part of a broader program targeting salinity control works in the Wimmera and Millicent Coast Basin. The program includes significant vegetation, pasture and agroforestry initiatives for recharge control.
Contact: Bernie Dunn (03) 5382 1544.

Mallee CMA’s $270,000 is for targeted works along the Murray River Crown frontages. It will undertake a range of on-ground actions to protect and improve the environmental, cultural heritage, scenic and landscape amenity values of Crown frontages to the Murray River, including the protection of water quality and riparian and aquatic biodiversity. A Reference Committee will oversee the project. The Committee includes representatives of a wide range of different interests and groups, reflecting Mallee CMA’s strong community partnership and engagement approach. Contact: Stephen Erlandsen (03) 5022 4377.

Information about all Victorian projects in this NAP funding round is available at:

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