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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

30 July 2003

Hinkler Receives a Share of Queensland $16 Million Natural Heritage Trust Deal


The Hinkler environment will benefit from $16 million in interim funding as part of the recent Natural Heritage Trust bilateral agreement signed by the Federal and Queensland governments.

Visiting the Hinkler electorate today, Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said the interim financial agreement will see an additional $16 million in Trust funding invested in environmental and natural resource recovery action next year. This includes the Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions in the Hinkler electorate.

"Ultimately, investment from the Natural Heritage Trust and National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality extension will be based on priorities identified in regional natural resource management plans and investment strategies developed by community based regional bodies," Dr Kemp said.

"I am pleased that the Fitzroy Basin Association and Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management are progressing towards developing an integrated regional natural resource management plan for their regions."

As part of the $16 million agreement, the Howard Government will fund facilitators and coordinators to work with the Fitzroy Basin Association and Burnett Mary Regional Group to develop project proposals addressing priority environmental and sustainable natural resource issues.

"In the long term, the work by these two regional groups will contribute to the sustainability of the environment and natural resources in the Hinkler electorate," Dr Kemp said.

The Howard Government has already committed more than $2.69 million in Trust funding to improving sustainable agriculture and the environment in the Hinkler electorate.

"The $2.69 million funded 61environmental projects over the past five years through the first phase of the Natural Heritage Trust and the Australian Government Envirofund," Dr Kemp said.

Dr Kemp said the projects funded under the first phase of the Natural Heritage Trust cover activities such as marine park reef surveys; monitoring and education to encourage increased community responsibility and ownership of environmental and natural resource management; implementing river catchment strategies and on-ground works; native vegetation species propagation; and database development.

Other Natural Heritage Trust funding in the Hinkler electorate includes:

Seven community-based projects in the Hinkler electorate were provided a total of $85,714 for revegetation, river health and wildlife issues in the Australian Government Envirofund round announced in March. These include:

The Howard and Queensland governments have also committed a further $2.4 million for natural resource management planning and priority projects in the Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.

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