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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Warren Truss MP
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
&
John Thwaites MP
Victorian Minister for Environment and Water
&
Bob Cameron MP
Victorian Minister for Agriculture

1 September 2004

$120 million for Victoria's natural resources


Victoria's natural assets will benefit from $120 million in Australian and State Government funding over the next three years for natural resource management including increased farm productivity, waterway protection, threatened species and weed management.

The $120 million investment - from the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality - was announced today by Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Ian Campbell, Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, and Victorian Ministers for Environment and Water, John Thwaites and Agriculture, Bob Cameron.

Senator Campbell said the funding would put money into the hands of each Catchment Management Authority, landholders, community organisations and research teams who will turn it into productive action.

"For example, $15.7 million will go to the Corangamite region, including more than $350,000 for the Swan Bay and Northern Bellarine Peninsula to help plant 10,000 riverside seedlings, train 500 volunteers, assist schools, gather 40 species of seed for an indigenous seed bank, treat three erosion sites and fence five kilometres of waterway to prevent erosion."

"The Glenelg Hopkins region will receive $17.2 million including more than $5 million for the improvement of river health and water quality of aquatic systems in the Glenelg Hopkins catchment."

Mr Truss said $26.3 million would go to the Goulburn Broken region including $16.4 million to help underpin the sustainability of farming in that region.

"These funds will support sustainable irrigation work in the Shepparton Irrigation Region, including ground water pumping and better management of surface water, to lower the water table and reduce salt and nutrient input into local waterways," Mr Truss said.

Mr Thwaites said $18.1 million would boost the Mallee region including over $1.2 million dedicated to protecting native plants and animals.

"This investment will help works such as 640 hectares replanted with native species, training for 300 landholders and volunteers, 34 kilometres of protective fencing for native vegetation and the reintroduction of five flora species, " he said.

Mr Cameron added that Wimmera would benefit from $14.7 million including more than $243,000 project to arm local communities to take action, by providing field days for landholders, training workshops for volunteers, tours of local wetlands and educational material for schools," he said.

For information on the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality visit www.lendahand.gov.au.

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