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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Federal Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
Senator Ian Macdonald
7 May 2003
A major project aimed at rehabilitating fire damaged land around Canberra from the devastating January bushfires will soon be underway, thanks to a $27,046 grant from the Howard Government's Australian Government Envirofund.
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Federal Minister for Fisheries Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, today announced a further $6.7 million in funding nationally from a special drought recovery round of the Envirofund which includes $27,046 for a project in the Australian Capital Territory. This is in addition to $3.3 million in priority drought recovery funding announced in March.
"This special round of funding involves grants of up to $30,000 for community groups to carry out on-ground environmental work in drought-affected areas, some of which is already underway as well as new projects that are about to start," Dr Kemp said.
"For example, $27,046 will help fund riparian rehabilitation in drought affected and fire damaged south-west rural ACT. The project will involve fencing off stream banks to protect them from erosion and repair and protect stock watering points destroyed in the 18 January bushfires."
The $10 million drought recovery round is part of the popular Australian Government Envirofund, which is the community component of the Howard Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust. The drought recovery round is also an element of the $900 million package of measures introduced by the Government to help drought-affected Australian communities.
"It is only through community-driven projects that we can effectively manage the effect this drought is having on our environment. This is why funding is channelled directly to community groups, because they have the local knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to deliver on-ground results," Dr Kemp said.
"Encouragingly, applications were received not only from groups seeking to maintain and build upon their existing on-ground work but from a large number of new community groups, working in partnership with the Natural Heritage Trust for the first time," Senator Macdonald added.
"Applications for grants under this round were very competitive and of a very high standard. The successful applicants are to be commended for their outstanding efforts and we look forward to seeing the results of their hard work."
Further funding is now available from the Envirofund with the next round closing 5pm, Friday 4 July 2003. Application forms are available by calling 1800 065 823 or visiting www.nht.gov.au.
For further information about projects funded in ACT, visit the Natural Heritage Trust web site at: www.nht.gov.au/projects
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Phil Connole (Senator Macdonald's office) 02 6277 7270 or 0417 063 605