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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

 

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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

5 April 2004

$22 million for Northern Territory natural resources


The Northern Territory will benefit from more than $22 million in funding for key natural resource projects including cane toad and weed control, improved fire management, protect dugongs and turtles, and expanded indigenous participation in natural resource management.

The $22 million, funded under the Natural Heritage Trust , was announced today by Australian Government Ministers for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss; and Environment and Heritage, David Kemp; and Territory Ministers for Lands and Planning, Chris Burns; and Primary Industry and Fisheries , Kon Vatskalis.

While visiting Darwin today, Dr Kemp said $3.25 million of the $22 million would be invested in 2003-04 to support the development of the Territory's integrated natural resource management regional plan and 25 priority projects.

These projects are for urgent actions such as excluding Cane Toads from the Tiwi Islands, Crazy Ant management in north eastern Arnhem Land, and greater indigenous involvement in natural resource management.

“This priority funding will help stop the transportation of cane toads from the mainland to the Tiwi Islands by extending the facilities at Tiwi Barge Services to include a post-washdown holding area surrounded by a cane toad-proof fence,” he said.

“The holding area will also be tightened by including traps for cane toads that may escape the washdown procedure, or are present in freight that cannot pass through the washdown bay.

“These funds also will help increase awareness about crazy ants and the threat they pose to native plants and animals, primary industries and society including human health.

“Further gains from this investment will be to assist traditional owners in north eastern Arnhem Land to manage and eradicate crazy ant infestations.”

More than $13 million of the funding package will be spent over three years to implement the investment strategy for the Territory's regional plans.

Under the Trust's Regional Competitive Component, $5.7million will go towards conserving threatened dugong and turtle populations, and implement best-practice fire management in savanna communities.

“The regional competitive investment will also help identify and trial mechanisms to better manage dugong and turtle stocks, habitat and threats, and to engage indigenous communities in that management,” he said.

Mr Truss said the funds will help improve fire management practice in consultation with savanna communities and stakeholders and assist with identifying fire management priorities, impediments, key issues, as well as information and training needs.

Dr Burns said development of the natural resource management plan for the Territory was about to get underway and encouraged all Territorians to participate in the planning process.

“Territorians should get in touch with their regional body, the Landcare Council of the Northern Territory,” he said.

Mr Vatskalis added that the network of 18 local level facilitators and coordinators employed in the territory were crucial to motivating the community into action, and would help to significantly expand indigenous involvement in land management practices.

“An example of this is in the Tanami where indigenous communities will be planning and implementing strategic fire management around Newhaven Reserve, weed control contracts around mining leases in the central Tanami, and predator baiting and monitoring of bilby, mulgara and great desert skink colonies in the southern and central Tanami,” he said.

A full list of priority projects and regional competitive component projects is attached.

See below to download photographs of cane toads.

For more information about the Natural Heritage Trust, visit http://www.nht.gov.au


Priority Project for the Northern Territory - 2003/04

Project: Crazy Ant management and eradication in north eastern Arnhem Land
Funding: $200,000
Group: Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation
Description: Support to increase community awareness about crazy ants and the threat they pose to biological biodiversity, primary industries and society including human health and to increase the capacity of Traditional Owners in north eastern Arnhem Land to manage and eradicate crazy ant infestations.
Contact: Steve Roeger Phone: (08) 8987 3992 Email: dhimurru@dhimurru.com.au

Project: Towards more strategic management of weeds on Top End Aboriginal Lands
Funding: $40,000
Group: Tropical Savannas Management Cooperative Research Centre
Description: Development of a Strategic Weed Management Plan on Aboriginal land in the Northern Land Council region including an analysis of the Mimosa pigra management program and the Top End Aboriginal Land Management and Employment Strategy to assess how well they have met dual objectives of preventing the spread of mimosa and building community involvement in weed management.
Contact: Dr Mark Gardener Phone: 08 8946 6834 Email: mark.gardener@cdu.edu.au

Project: Capacity building for fire and land management in central & west Arnhem Land
Funding: $295,600
Group: Dept of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment
Description: This project includes on-ground work to reduce fuels available to late dry season fires by strategic early dry-season burning, conservation of indigenous knowledge of traditional fire management, and capacity-building to increase indigenous landowner awareness of, and participation in, fire management.
Contact: Brent Williams Phone: 08 8922 0832 Email: brent.williams@nt.gov.au

Project: Feral Animal Control in the Victoria River District region
Funding: $99,540
Group: Victoria River District Conservation Association
Description: Support to increase feral animal control across the Victoria River District region and raise awareness of the economic and natural resource management impact of feral animals.
Contact: Royce Sample Phone: 08 8971 0368 Email: vrdca@bigpond.com

Project: Control of Declared Weeds in the Victoria River District
Funding: $98,100
Group: Victoria River District Conservation Association
Description: This project will reduce the spread of “Declared Weeds” in riverbank and floodplain areas in the Victoria River District and build upon previously successful and well-accepted weed control programs. It will also increase the skill levels and employment opportunities for local Aboriginal residents, and increase the capacity of station managers to integrate weed management into annual station operations.
Contact: Royce Sample Phone: 08 8971 0368 Email: vrdca@bigpond.com

Project: Exclusion of cane toads from the Tiwi Islands
Funding: $96,676
Group: Tiwi Land Council
Description: This project aims to provide an effective barrier against the transport of cane toads from the mainland to the Tiwi Islands through expanding the facilities at Tiwi Barge Services to include a post-washdown holding area surrounded by a cane toad proof fence. The holding area will also include traps for cane toads that may escape the washdown procedure, or are present in freight that cannot pass through the washdown bay.
Contact: Kate Hadden Phone: 08 8999 4423 Email: kate.hadden@nt.gov.au

Project: Indigenous involvement in Strategic fire management
Funding : $82,100
Group : Tanami Indigenous Land Management Coordinator - Central Land Council
Description:
Support to significantly improve the capacity of the existing indigenous land management initiative to participate in or undertake, planning and implementation of strategic fire management on and around Newhaven Reserve, weed control contracts on and around mining leases in the central Tanami, and predator baiting and monitoring of bilby, mulgara and great desert skink colonies in the southern and central Tanami. This project will also expand the Aboriginal Rangers' knowledge for contemporary land management issues and build their capacity for self-management with a view to participation in the Australian Government Indigenous Protected Areas Program.
Contact: Nic Gambold Phone: 08 8950 5008 Email: nic.gambold@clc.org.au

Project: Top End Exotic Grass Weed Mapping and Management Strategy Development
Funding: $71,373
Group: Dept of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment
Description: Development and implementation of a mapping procedure for priority grassy weeds in the Darwin and Katherine region and develop a strategic management plan for these species in conjunction with various community and government land management groups. This project will also provide weed distribution data to other projects/programs involved in management of the target species and/or managing the impact of the target species and provide accurate weed location information to various weed research programs.
Contact: Steve Wingrave Phone: 08 8999 2020 Email: steve.wingrave@nt.gov.au

Project: Regional priorities for threatened species management in the Northern Territory
Funding: $79,764
Group : Dept of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment
Description : Development of a strategic approach to threatened species management for each subregion in the Northern Territory through assessing important threatening processes for fauna and flora at a regional level in the Northern Territory and determining priorities for management. Appropriate information for individuals and organisations will also be provided to allow better assessment of the occurrence of threatened species and allow for appropriate management actions to be formulated.
Contact: Robert Taylor Phone: 08 8999 4400 Email: Rob.Taylor@nt.gov.au

Project: Pilot Integrated Small landholder Mimosa Management Program
Funding: $95,788
Group: Dept of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment
Description
: Support to enhance existing strategic Mimosa pigra management activities occurring in the upper Adelaide and Finniss river catchments on a wide variety of small landholdings within this area, which are presently undertaking ad hoc and uncoordinated Mimosa management activities.
Contact:
Steve Wingrave Phone: 08 8999 2020 Email: steve.wingrave@nt.gov.au

Project: The Victoria River ‘Health' Report
Funding : $30,000
Group: Dept of Infrastructure, Planning & Environment
Description: Analysis, interpretation, mapping and reporting on baseline data that has already been collected on the condition or ‘health' of the waterways in the Victoria River Catchment, including management issues that need to be addressed and provision of this interpreted information to the Victoria River District Conservation Association for inclusion in a ‘Catchment Management Plan for the Victoria River' and for input into the Northern Territory Regional Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan.
Contact: Scott Wauchope Phone: 08 8973 8101 Email: scott.wauchope@nt.gov.au

Project : Building capacity for Land Management and biodiversity survey at Kaltukatjara (Docker River)
Funding: $68,700
Group: NT - Central Land Council
Description
: This project will engage traditional owners and other knowledgeable authorities of the region in field-based recording of the traditional ecological knowledge for a group of threatened and notable species in the region. A combination of indigenous knowledge and western survey methods will be used to develop community skills, understanding and interest in biodiversity conservation.
Contact:
Peter Donohoe Phone: 08 8950 5003 Email: peter.donohoe@clc.org.au

Project: Yirrkala Community Environmental Investment Proposal
Funding: $138,800
Group: Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Council
Description: Support to the Yirrkala Community to continue several integrated programs designed to engage the local Yolngu people in self-management and to develop their awareness and experience in cross cultural land management issues.
Contact: Banduk Marika or Colin Lane Phone: 08 8987 3237 Email: nuwul@octa4.net.au

Project: Building capacity for a Warumungu land management program in Tennant Creek
Funding: $99,328
Group: Central Land Council
Description
: This project will address soil erosion, weed management, feral animal and tourist access issues on these issues and in particular enhance measures to protect significant cultural values at Kunjarra or Devils Pebbles (56 km 2 ), the Jurnkurakurr block (22.4 km 2 ) and the Phillip Creek Mission block (25km 2 ). A large focus of the project is to build the capacity of the rangers to manage their responsibilities in the Warumungu cultural landscape of Tennant Creek
Contact: Sonia Bazzacco Phone 08 8950 5015\ 8950 5006 Email: sbazzacco@clc.org.au

Project: Development of Environmental Management Status Reports for Aboriginal Lands in the NLC Region
Funding: $39,500
Group: Northern Land Council
Description: This project will Gather existing environmental information on the Environmental Status of Aboriginal Lands for each of the river catchments in the Northern Land Council region, to identify priority environmental issues on Aboriginal Lands for each of the river catchments in the NLC region and to assess the local capacity and needs, in relation to resources, information and training, that are required to improve and support land management in each catchment.
Contact: Terry Mahney Phone: 08 8920 5175 Email: terry.mahney@nlc.org.au

Project: Development of an integrated land management plan for the Arafura Swamp
Funding: $45,300
Group: Ramingining Homelands Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Description: Support to produce an integrated land management plan which reflects land-owner's aspirations for their land, and that will enable the effective direction of the community ranger program.
Contact: Deborah Cesari Phone: 08 8979 7978 Email: ranger@ramingininghomelands.org.au

Project: Land & Learning extension - Building capacity for species recovery work in Aboriginal communities
Funding: $114,900
Group: Tangentyere Council
Description: The aim of this project is to improve conservation on Aboriginal lands by educating Aboriginal communities in contemporary land management issues and practices, with a focus on the impact of feral animals and on threatened species.
Contact: Meg Mooney Phone: 08 8953 3120 Email: landcare@tangentyere.org.au

Project: Turtle and Dugong Monitoring and Management around the Sir Edward Pellew Islands
Funding: $112,500
Group: World Wide Fund for Nature Australia
Description: Training for Indigenous sea rangers to manage their natural resources, in particular those that are important to them and are used traditionally (ie sea turtles and dugongs). The project will also involve collection of baseline biological information on sea turtles and dugongs in the region that will provide a basis to continue long term monitoring of sea turtle and dugong populations in the area.
Contact: Dr. Scott Whiting Phone: 08 8941 7554 Email: swhiting@wwf.org.au

Project: Fencing of Acacia peuce Relict Populations on Andado Pastoral Station
Funding: $120,541
Group: Conservation Volunteers Australia
Description: This project aims to fence off relic populations of the endangered species, Acacia peuce located on Andado Pastoral Station and to build capacity and expertise amongst landholders and conservation volunteers in the skills required to conserve and manage endangered species.
Contact: Terry Peacock Phone: 08 8212 0777 Email: tpeacock@conservationvolunteers.com.au

Project: Remote Indigenous Community Landcare & Education Program
Funding: $110,300
Group: Tangentyere Council
Description: This project will provide ongoing and highly demanded outreach services to indigenous communities across the region for practical, educational Landcare support.
Contact:
Bill Pechey Phone: 08 8953 3120 E-mail: bill.pechey@tangentyere.org.au

Project: Wagiman Rangers Capacity Building through Environmental Management in the Upper Daly Region
Funding : $25,000
Group: Pine Creek Aboriginal Advancement Association
Description: This project aims to further develop the capacity of Wagiman people in environmental management; collect data on the Daly River through both Wagiman stories of the River and scientific monitoring of water quality; control the spread of weeds in the Upper Daly Region and revegetate areas with native plants; and protect sensitive riverbank areas through fencing along the Daly River.
Contact: Melissa Bentivoglio Phone: 08 8976 1292 Email: melissabent7@hotmail.com

Project: Engagement of women in Natural Resource Management in Victoria River District
Funding: $54,100
Group: Northern Land Council
Description: Support for a facilitator to consult women and research their issues and concerns in relation to natural resource management in the region and identify how women wish to participate in land management programs.
Contact:
Robin Knox Phone: 08 8920 5189 Email: robin.knox@nlc.org.au

Project: Changing Lives and Landscapes in the Savanna
Funding: $81,200
Group: Aboriginal Landcare Education Program - Greening Australia NT
Description: This project will, enhance the capacity of indigenous communities in the semi-arid tropics of the Northern Territory to address environmental health and land management issues; and assist with the formation of networks and strengthening of linkages between Aboriginal communities and land management agencies to support effective planning and to optimise on-ground outcomes.
Contact: Lesley Alford Phone: 08 8981 1344 Email: lesley.alford@nt.greeningaustralia.org.au

Project: Waterwatch Regional Coordinator Network for the Northern Territory
Funding: $238,470
Group : To be advised
Description : This proposal will re-establish the Waterwatch Regional Coordinator network, with one NT Waterwatch Facilitator and Coordinators for the: Darwin/Litchfield; Coomalie; Katherine/Daly; Northeast Arnhem Land; and Central Australian regions. Coordinators would support the current activities of community groups in each region, with the NT Waterwatch Facilitator overseeing the activities of all Coordinators.
Contact : Andrew Walker Phone: 02 6274 2436 Email: andrew.walker@daff.gov.au


Regional Competitive Component Projects for the Northern Territory 2003-04

Project: Dugong/ Turtle Project
Funding: $3,900,000
Lead region: Landcare Council of the Northern Territory
Description: This project will involve indigenous communities, government officials and the scientific sector working together to improve the integrated management of the dugong and turtle species.
Contact : Andrew Walker (02) 6274 2436

Project : Developing knowledge-based fire management for northern Australia savanna communities: Phase 1
Funding : $1,897,277
Lead Region : Landcare Council of the Northern Territory
Description: This project will help develop the fire management capacity of regional indigenous communities, assist pastoral management by assessing the geographic extent and rate of woody structural change in the north Australian savanna, and implement biodiversity conservation management with field studies to asses fire-sensitive flora, habitats and fauna.
Contact : Gordon Duff (08) 8946 6834


Cane Toad Photograph

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Photograph of a Cane Toad

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