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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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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
&
Federal Member for McEwen
The Hon. Fran Bailey, MP

7 May 2004

Community action to protect McEwen environment bolstered by Envirofund


Four vital environmental rehabilitation projects in the McEwen electorate have received over $24,000 from the Australian Government Envirofund, announced today by the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp.

During a visit to the region with Federal Member for McEwen, Fran Bailey, Dr Kemp congratulated local community groups on their successful Envirofund applications in the final funding round for 2003-04 and said he was looking forward to seeing the results of their hard work.

"Envirofund is the local community component of the Australian Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust," said Dr Kemp. "It provides grants of up to $30,000 for community groups to undertake local projects aimed at conserving native plants and wildlife and promoting natural resource management."

Dr Kemp will today inspect works at the LB Davern Reserve in Wandong to see first-hand the important environmental restoration activities being undertaken by the local community.

"The Wandong Heathcote Junction Sports & Community Centre Committee of Management has received $7,409 to continue vital works at the reserve, including weed control, planting of 1,500 indigenous plants to improve habitat for native wildlife, and the installation of 4 interpretive signs," Dr Kemp said.

"It is pleasing to know that the latest Envirofund grant announced today will allow the local community to continue this important restoration work.

"One of the best things about this project, like so many others funded under Envirofund, is that it provides an opportunity for the whole community to get involved. The LB Davern Reserve works are coordinated by Mitchell Shire Council, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Wandong Heathcote Junction Sports and Community Centre Management, Wandong Primary School, and local fire authorities."

Federal Member for McEwen, Fran Bailey, said the three other local projects to receive Envirofund grants would make a real difference to the general health of the region's environment.

"The U.T. Creek Enhancement Community Support Group at Alexandra has received $9,054 to rehabilitate weed-infested streamside vegetation along Ultima Thule Creek , erect fencing to protect the project site, and plant 3,000 local Indigenous plants to provide wildlife corridors," Ms Bailey said.

"At the Nash's Road Revegetation and Wildlife Corridor , the Yea River Catchment Landcare Group will use its $2,920 grant to link Nash's Rd to remnant vegetation along the Yea River and its wetlands, while four adjoining landowners will work with the community to plant 1000 trees and shrubs to protect native wildlife.

"The fourth project is at Yellow Creek at Yea where the Dairy Creek Yellow Creek Landcare Group' s $4,935 grant will help rehabilitate two public land sites with 2,500 Indigenous trees and shrubs to enhance habitat for the Nationally Threatened Striped Legless Lizard.

"It's also terrific to see that each of the four project proponents and their stakeholders have provided additional funding to complement the Envirofund grants we're announcing today," Ms Bailey said.

Dr Kemp said the Australian Government Envirofund has provided $8.5 million for 646 projects across Australia in the second round for 2003-04. These latest projects bring the total expenditure through the Envirofund to $49.9 million since the program was introduced in April 2002.

Dr Kemp and Ms Bailey encouraged community groups across Australia to apply for the next round of Envirofund, which is now open. A pplications close at 5pm on Friday 9 July 2004 . For application forms, phone 1800 065 823 or visit www.nht.gov.au

A full list of Round Two of the 2003-04 Envirofund projects in the McEwen electorate is attached.


Round Two 2003-04 Envirofund Projects — McEwan Electorate

Project: Nash's Road Revegetation and Wildlife Corridor, Yea, Victoria
Applicant: Yea River Catchment Landcare Group Inc
Funding: $2,920
Contact: Ms Sally Abbott-Smith 03 5797 8283

Description: This project will combine community action with landscape and biodiversity rehabilitation. Nash's Rd will become an important 'link' between the linear strips of remnant vegetation along the Melba Hwy and the Yea River and its adjacent wetlands, in a district largely cleared of its original native vegetation. Four adjoining landowners, along with members of the broader community, will plant 1000 trees and shrubs on 1.5ha of land. The project will strengthen local community activity by involving local landholders and encourage additional revegetation projects in the area. By connecting existing remnant vegetation, these revegetation activities will help create important wildlife corridors in the district.

Project: Vegetation Restoration and Enhancement along Ultima Thule Creek
Applicant: U.T. Creek Enhancement Community Support Group
Funding: $9,054.55
Contact: Mr Maurice Pawsey 03 5772 2157

Description : This project will rehabilitate the degraded streamside vegetation along 1.7km of Ultima Thule Creek, much of which is infested with blackberry, ivy and honeysuckle. Erection of 800m of fencing will protect the 5ha project site within the Alexandra township. The site will also be revegetated by planting 3,000 local indigenous plants and direct seeding. This will enhance the habitat value of the creek township of Alexandra and provide wildlife corridors to remnant White Box Grassy Woodland and riverbank corridors along Goulburn River.

Project Title: Revegetation and Enhancement of LB Davern Reserve, Wandong
Applicant: Wandong Heathcote Junction Sports & Community Centre Committee of Management
Funding: $7,409.09
Contact: Mrs Sue Marstaeller 03 5787 1520

Description : This project will further rehabilitate the natural environment at the LB Davern Reserve, by control of noxious and environmental weeds, revegetation with 1,500 indigenous plants and erection of 4 interpretive signs. Native trees and shrubs, 70% of which will be understorey species, will be planted with tree guards along 600m of Dry Creek and on the slopes and perimeter of the 24ha reserve. This will improve habitat condition for native wildlife. This project forms part of a coordinated management approach by Mitchell Shire Council, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Wandong Heathcote Junction Sports and Community Centre Management, Wandong Primary School, local Country Fire Authority brigades at Wandong and Clonbinane and provides considerable opportunity for environmental education and involvement for the wider Wandong community.

Project Title: Yellow Creek - Dairy Creek Community Biodiversity Project
Applicant Dairy Creek Yellow Creek Landcare Group
Funding $4,935.83
Contact: Mr Andrew Fulford 03 5797 2038

Description : This project will rehabilitate two public land sites in the Yellow Creek-Dairy Creek Landcare Group areas. Both sites originally supported State threatened vegetation communities, namely Plains Grassy Woodland and Grassy Woodland, but are now seriously degraded by clearing and weed invasion. Once revegetated with 2,500 indigenous trees and shrubs, the restored areas will become suitable habitat for the Nationally Threatened Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar). Rehabilitation of the sites will add to the biodiversity capital of the region, provide wildlife corridors and connect existing patches of remnant vegetation. This project will encourage greater involvement by local landholders and community groups, and stimulate interest in restoration and revegetation projects in the area.

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