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Joint Media Release
Dr David Kemp MP
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
&
Warren Truss MP
Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
&
John Thwaites MP
Victorian Minister for Environment and Water
&
Bob Cameron MP
Victorian Minister for Agriculture

12 December 2003

$6 Million for Glenelg-Hopkins Natural Resource Actions


The Australian and Victorian Governments have approved investment of $6 million on environment and water quality projects in the Glenelg-Hopkins catchment, under the region's own natural resource management plan.

The 2003-04 funding was jointly announced by the Federal Environment and Heritage Minister, Dr David Kemp, State Environment and Water Minister, John Thwaites, Federal Agriculture Minister, Warren Truss, and State Agriculture Minister, Bob Cameron.

It's another first for the Glenelg-Hopkins region, which was also the first region in Australia to have its natural resource management plan accredited by the State and Federal Governments.

The investment comprises more than $5.1 million from the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) and $874,600 in Australian Government Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) funds.

Dr Kemp said that the region fell within one of Australia's biodiversity hotspots.

"The funding will add to efforts to protect nationally threatened species such as the Orange-bellied Parrot, the Red-tailed Cockatoo and the Corangamite Water Skink," Dr Kemp said.

"The funds will also be used to map significant areas of native vegetation, providing valuable data for local planning and decision-making.

"The Glenelg-Hopkins region has a spectacular coastline and rich marine life, and it is vital that we fully understand the threats to coastal and marine areas. The coastal, estuarine and marine environment is at the bottom of the catchment and management upstream has an impact on these significant assets."

Mr Thwaites said the money addressed key community concerns about the serious decline in water quality and waterway health in the region.

"We need to restore the health of our rivers and wetlands and reduce nutrient loads and sediments in the waterways," Mr Thwaites said.

"Activities will stop carp spreading beyond Rocklands Reservoir in the Glenelg River and reduce sand and sediment influxes into the three main river systems by replanting vegetation and managing stock access to riverbanks."

Mr Truss said 80% of the region was involved in agriculture and the spending would seek to increase soil productivity and health.

"Funds will be directed to further reduce run off from farms including dairy effluent entering the waterways and reducing contaminants in urban stormwater systems," Mr Truss said.

"About $200,000 will be spent on targeted on-ground works such as tree planting, establishing perennial pastures and establishing lucerne farming to address dryland salinity by better managing ground water recharge and discharge."

Mr Cameron said the catchment management authority would put in a significant effort raising awareness of sustainable practices among the region's farmers, land managers and industry.

"The agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are major sources of the region's employment with about 25% of jobs in the three sectors, so it is important that we ensure these key groups retain their viability and reduce their environmental impact," Mr Cameron said.

Ministers Truss and Kemp noted the community was the key ingredient to better managing the region's environment and resource base. A significant investment, including the provision of regional facilitators and co-ordinators, had been made to underpin all the other work.

For information on the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality visit www.napswq.gov.au and for the Natural Heritage Trust visit www.nht.gov.au. Information on the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority is available at www.glenelg-hopkins.vic.gov.au


Approved investment for National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and Natural Heritage Trust programs in the Glenelg-Hopkins region, 2003-04

Contact: Laurie Norman, Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, 03 5571 2526

Activities
NAP
NHT
Sand Slug Management in the Glenelg River system - to prevent further sand entering the system and manage existing sand and sediments loads
$719,500
 
Community Engagement in Regional Water Activities/Monitoring (including waterwatch)
$216,500
 
Water Quality Program - Best Practice Management of Dairy Effluent (to gain 100% compliance for dairy effluent disposal)
$374,600
 
Responsible Use of Nutrients on Farm (assessment of impacts of application of nutrients on local water systems)
$200,000
 
Program to manage and contain Carp within Glenelg River
$30,000
 
Assessment of Options to Maximise Environmental Flows in Glenelg River
$212,000
 
Determine Best Practice Management of Nutrients on steep hills to prevent runoff
$176,000
 
Protection and enhancement of G6-Glenelg River Grampians Headwaters Sub-catchment river reaches to reduce sediment/nutrient inflows
$54,000
 
Hamilton Urban Stormwater treatment, wetland and riparian site development
$416,400
 
Protection and Enhancement of H11 Upper Fiery Creek & Sub-catchments (to reduce sediment/nutrient inflows and enhance in-stream habitat)
$48,000
 
Protect and enhance G10- Wannon River-Dwyers Creek to Falls Sub-catchment river reaches (to reduce sediment/nutrient inflows and enhance in-stream habitat)
 
$61,200
Implementation of the Recovery Plan for the Corangamite Water Skink
 
$29,000
Implement National Recovery Plan and Fauna and Flora Action Statements for the Orange Bellied Parrot
 
$29,000
Implementing the Recovery Plan for the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo. The project involves community volunteers and Recovery Team personnel to improve feeding and breeding habitat for the RTBC
 
$28,000
Implement the Recovery Plansfor Striped Legless Lizard and the Threatened Orchids
 
$75,000
Implementing the National Recovery Plan for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot
 
$41,000
Threatened & Other Species Habitat Protection on Griffith Island (including for Orange Bellied Parrot, visiting marine bird species, Red Necked Wallaby, Pacific Gulls, Ruddy Turnstones).
 
$35,000
Biodiversity Action Planning for Central Victorian Uplands Bioregion & Warrnambool Bioregion (priority salinity sub-catchments)
$120,000
 
Incentives for Landholders for undertaking on-ground dryland salinity management works
$400,000
 
Regional Coastcare Facilitator and Southern Bent Wing Bat.
 
$52,000
Risk Assessment for Coast and Marine issues in GH CMA
 
$25,000
Formulation of an Estuary Management Plan for the Portland Basin
$100,800
$63,400
Landcare support to implement the regional catchment strategy
$284,000
$276,000
Integrated Communications in the Glenelg Region to build community NRM capacity
$195,000
 
Leveraging external investment funding to achieve increased NAP outcomes
$164,000
 
Salinity Plan Coordinator
$90,000
 
Regional Bushcare Facilitator
$39,000
$39,000
Asset Identification and Management of on ground investments
$198,000
 
Protecting Remnant Vegetation to Improve Salinity, Water Quality and Biodiversity. This project works across the Region in partnership with the Trust For Nature field officer.
 
$30,000
A systems approach to Implementing Improved Salinity and Water Quality on Farms
$60,000
 
Regional Fishcare Coordinator
 
$25,000
Complete the mapping of biodiversity assets across the region covering the shires of Ararat, Upper Wimmera and Northern Grampians
 
$66,000
Quantification of future changes in groundwater on the Basalt Plains including changes in water table, storage, transport, discharge of salts to better target works in 3000ha of salt affected land and provide data to assist target setting for dryland salinity and surface water salinity.
$150,000
 
Development of a Glenelg Hopkins Soil Action Plan to better manage soils to provide scientific data for setting actions and targets.
$70,000
 
NAP Coordination and Investment Plan preparation
$172,000
 
Groundwater Flow Systems Research for target setting to provide better information on impacts and effects of groundwater flow systems which will assist target setting
$450,000
 
Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for Salinity, collate and compile all monitoring data, analyse and evaluate the data quality.
$48,000
 
Water Quality Monitoring and Evaluation Projects for Glenelg Hopkins Region
$102,000
 
Commonwealth of Australia