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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 Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Warren Truss
South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation
John Hill
Federal Member for Barker
Patrick Secker

20 May 2004

$2.34 million for South Australia's South East region

Key features of South Australia's South East region's natural resources will be restored and protected thanks to $2.34 million in funding from the Australian and South Australian Governments, and the accreditation of a new plan to help address and improve the region's environment and natural resource assets .

The accreditation of the South East Natural Resource Management Plan and the $2.34 million in funding was announced today by South Australian Minister for the Environment and Conservation, John Hill, Australian Government Ministers for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp and Federal Member for Barker, Patrick Secker.

Provided jointly by the Australian and South Australian Governments, under the region's Natural Resource Management Investment Strategy for 2003-04, 2004-05, t he investment comprises more than $1.55 million from the Natural Heritage Trust; around $440,000 from the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality, and around $300,000 from the National Landcare Program.

"This funding is in addition to the $38.3 million commitment to the Upper South East Dryland Salinity and Flood Management Program announced last year," Mr Truss said.

Mr Secker congratulated the South East Natural Resource Consultative Committee on producing its Regional Plan, which establishes a strategic vision for the environmental resources of the region.

"Pulling this Plan together has required a very significant commitment of resources by the members of the South East Natural Resource Consultative Committee, the other regional NRM stakeholders, and the South East community itself," Mr Secker said.

Mr Truss said: "The South East Natural Resource Consultative Committee is to be congratulated on this milestone of achieving Australian Government accreditation for its Natural Resource Management Plan, which will address priorities such as salinity, groundwater quality and sustainability of supply, the fragmentation of regional biodiversity, and degradation of wetlands."

Dr Kemp said the South East Natural Resource Management Plan is the fourth South Australian plan to receive accreditation status.

"The accreditation of the South East Natural Resource Management Plan will ensure on-ground works would take place to address the priorities identified in the Plan," he said.

Mr Hill said the Blue Lake is an icon of the South East, and a window into the region's precious underground water resources.

"Activities initiated through this $2.34m investment package will assist in reducing the level of contamination entering the aquifer. Funding is also being provided to promote initiatives that will achieve sustainable irrigation such as assisting irrigators to implement best practice irrigation guidelines."

"These funds will help protect the region's underground water resources from contamination; achieve sustainable level of usage of the aquifer, and address fragmentation of the region's native plants and animals and recovery of threatened species," he said.

"It will also contribute to the sustainability of its highly-productive agricultural and horticultural industries."

For more information about the South East Natural Resource Management Plan, including copies of the Plan, is available by contacting the South East Natural Resource Consultative Committee on 08 8723 1057, or by visiting

A list of activities funded under the Plan is attached.

Summary of NAP, NHT and NLP Regional Investment Package for South East region - South Australia

Investment 2003-04 Total funds ($) 2004-05 Total funds ($)
NRM Board and Program Administration 0 305,000
Monitoring Investment Strategy project milestones 54,450 110,000
Management and Protection assistance with Heritage Agreement Scheme 57,750 117,250
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo recovery 13,530 27,470
Threatened species and habitat recovery 60,000 200,000
Wetland management and restoration in the lower South East 25,000 90,000
Strategic wildlife corridors 24,420 49,580
Coorong and Lower Lakes; Ramsar Plan review, communications strategy 33,000 67,000
Protecting the Blue Lake from land use impacts 48,675 98,825
Minimising salt accession 44,880 91,120
South East weed risk assessment 6,600 13,400
Establishment of Indigenous Focus Group for understanding NRM issues 19,800 40,200
Building regional capacity in land and water management 66,000 134,000
Coast and Marine Management Support 26,400 53,600
Fingers on the pulse (environmental benchmarking for Monitoring and Evaluation) 0 115,000
Irrigate for Success and Sustainability 300,000 0
Environmentally Sustainable Development of Dairying in the South East 50,000 0
Total 830,505 1,512,445
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