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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Federal Minister for Fisheries,Forestry and Conservation
Senator Ian Macdonald

28 March 2003

$176,667 for Western Australian Drought Recovery Measures

Major environmental work targeting drought-affected areas in Western Australia will soon take place thanks to $176,667 from the Howard Government's $10 million Envirofund Drought Recovery Round.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Federal Minister for Fisheries Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, today announced the first $3.3 million in priority funding from the Drought Recovery Round which includes $176,667 for 13 projects in Western Australia.

"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.

Funded projects to take place in Western Australia include:

"These projects will not only help protect precious natural resources at a local level, they will help protect the long-term productivity of rural land. This is important for Western Australia which has a large agricultural sector," Dr Kemp said.

"It is only through community-driven projects that we can effectively manage the effects that 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."

The $10 million Drought Recovery Round is part of the popular Envirofund program, which is a community-focused component of the Howard Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust. The Drought Recovery Round is also just one element of the $900 million package of measures introduced by the Government to help drought-affected Australian communities.

"While recent rain in many areas is welcome, the problems are far from over and we need to work together to tackle them," Senator Macdonald said.

"By funding small local projects through the Envirofund, it allows everyone to pitch in and make a real difference in protecting and improving their local environment."

The remaining $6.7 million of funding from this special Drought Recovery Round will be announced soon.

For further information about projects funded in Western Australia, visit the Natural Heritage Trust web site at:

Media Contacts:
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

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