The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation
27 February 2004
South Australia's vital water resources and the threat of salinity will be the focus of a $25.7 million funding package announced today.
The vital funds were announced by Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, and South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Hill.
The funding was drawn from the Australian Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust program and the $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, a joint initiative of the Australian Government with State and Territory governments.
Dr Kemp congratulated South Australian regions on attracting funding for their Natural Resource Management Plans, saying it was an important milestone in the regional delivery of environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture.
"Regions to benefit from this package include the biodiversity hotspot of Kangaroo Island, the Northern Yorke and Agricultural Districts, the South East and the Mount Lofty Ranges and Greater Adelaide region, which will receive more than $11.7 million to tackle priority environmental issues over the next 18 months," he said.
"South Australia's Murray Darling Basin will receive $12.1 million over the next six months, with further funding to be allocated to the region later this year."
Mr Truss said a focus of this funding was to fight salinity through projects such as the Bookpurnong salt interception scheme in the South Australian Murray Darling Basin.
This project will result in a reduction of 133 tonnes of salt per day entering the River Murray," he said.
"Funding will also address other causes of water quality degradation, recognising the importance of the River Murray to the region's irrigation production and, more broadly, as a significant source of Adelaide's water supply.
"The investment package will support the sustainability of agricultural industries by assisting irrigators to implement best practice irrigation guidelines."
Mr Hill said the funding reinforced the partnership established by the Australian and State governments to jointly fund natural resource management in South Australia.
"This is a major achievement for South Australia's Natural Resource Management Groups," he said.
"These groups in partnership with governments will now have significant input and responsibility over the way environmental issues are handled and how the funding is managed.
"Their strategic and coordinated plans identify the priority issues affecting their region, outlines what has to be done and the value of the investment required. Based on this information, these regions have custom-designed the projects that will deliver the best outcomes."
A full list of projects in South Australia to receive funding is attached.
Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Kangaroo Island
|Building a sustainable future – Strategic planning process||83,400||170,000|
|Building a sustainable future – Community awareness campaign||35,000||70,000|
|Building a sustainable future – On ground works program||122,694||249,106|
|Building a sustainable future – Monitoring and evaluation program||20,955||42,545|
|Rivers of life||16,500||33,500|
|Save our seagrasses: Ecological health and nutrient load monitoring program||20,500||41,500|
|Repel the invaders: Effectively managed bridal creeper and bridal veil||17,000||35,000|
|Back from the brink: Implement threatened plant species recovery||16,000||34,500|
|Oceans of blue: Develop coastal, estuarine and marine monitoring program||35,000||73,000|
|Island refuge: Develop and implement biodiversity monitoring program||35,000||90,000|
|Repel the invaders: Effectively manage feral pigs, deer and cats||35,000||75,000|
|Repel the invaders: Develop and implement border detections system and undertake community awareness||40,000||83,000|
|Back from the brink: Implement Glossy Black Cockatoo recovery program||16,000||34,000|
|Healthy soils: Conduct investigation into soil management techniques in areas subject to water logging||8,000||16,000|
|NRM Board and Program Administration||0||230,000|
Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Murray Darling Basin
|Developing and Implementing Land and Water Management Plans||350,000|
|Mobilising community action through Land and Water Management Planning in the Tintinara Coonalpyn Area||40,000|
|Quantify impacts and options to address of rising salinity on the built environment (Tintinara Coonalpyn area)||10,000|
|Policy framework for salinity management||200,000|
|Accounting for salinity||250,000|
|Preliminary investigations for the development of an environmental flows strategy for the Pike River & Murtho floodplains||120,000|
|Investigating and implementing flow management options for the Chowilla Anabranch System||100,000|
|Water quality audit and risk assessment||50,000|
|Accelerating stormwater and wastewater quality improvements in urban catchments||300,000|
|Improving management and allocation of water within prescribed water resources||180,000|
|Priority revegetation and remnant protection to reduce recharge, reduce soil loss and enhance biodiversity||150,000|
|Developing guidelines for grazing on the SA River Murray floodplain||40,000|
|Identifying sites of priority for conservation in the River Murray corridor||180,000|
|Development and implementation of integrated Natural Resource Management of the Riverland Ramsar site, including Chowilla||95,000|
|Roadside vegetation management in priority areas||25,000|
|Targeting Revegetation and Bush Management - On Ground Actions in the Murray Darling Basin||43,000|
|Bushcare Support in the Murray Darling Basin||140,000|
|Save the Swamps||125,000|
|Fish passage in River Murray anabranches||80,000|
|River Corridor multi-spp recovery planning||80,000|
|Integration of conservation management with pastoral production -Chowilla||15,000|
|Implementation of the Coorong and Lower Lakes Ramsar Management Plan – Communication, Ngarrindjeri Involvement, Monitoring and Review||80,000|
|Detailed mapping of the coastal, nearshore marine and estuarine habitats / detailed biological surveys of the nearshore marine environment||155,000|
|Local Government and Industry Support Strategy||100,000|
|Partnership in natural resource management||150,000|
|Establishing the roles and responsibilities of Local Government in the MDB||40,000|
|NRM Board & Program Administration||250,000|
|Design, construct and operate salt interception schemes for salinity mitigation||6,040,000|
|Rehabilitation of the Lower Murray Swamps||2,700,000|
Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Mount Lofty Ranges
|Determine sustainable water resource limits and prepare water management plans for the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula||178,333||356,667|
|Establish salinity baselines for key areas||20,000||40,000|
|Establish baselines for biodiversity conservation||60,000||150,000|
|Establish environment values for the marine environment||20,000||40,000|
|Establish consistent monitoring and evaluation framework for project management||13,750||27,500|
|Review of community monitoring program in the region||12,500||25,000|
|Develop regional monitoring and evaluation reporting program||37,500||75,000|
|Maintain existing biodiversity capacity building programs (BMA network, Bushcare support, Bush for Life)||105,000||210,000|
|Maintain existing biodiversity capacity building program in urban areas (Urban Forest Biodiversity Program)||59,000||118,000|
|Maintain existing capacity building programs (Land Management, Landcare Support)||308,333||616,667|
|Maintain existing community marine monitoring and awareness programs (Reefwatch)||33,350||66,650|
|Maintain existing capacity building programs for coast, estuarine and marine (previously Coastcare)||45,000||90,000|
|Maintain a network of NRM information resources throughout the region||50,450||100,800|
|Riparian zone protection for improved water quality||200,000||400,000|
|Protection of priority riparian zones in the Southern Fleurieu||107,000||213,000|
|Implement high water use strategies for salinity outcomes||172,700||525,300|
|Protect threatened species and ecological communities||300,000||880,500|
|Protection and management of 100ha of known significant biodiversity assets||50,000||100,000|
|Implement on ground in the urban area (UFBP)||108,000||215,000|
|Protection, enhancement and restoration of priority coast, estuarine and marine areas||33,300||66,700|
|Maintain regional control programs for nationally rated pests and diseases||33,300||66,700|
|Empowerment/Indigenous participation in NRM||50,000||100,000|
|Increasing community awareness of Indigenous cultural values and their relationship to NRM||20,000||40,000|
|NRM Board and Program Administration||0||490,000|
Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for Northern and Yorke Agricultural District
|Review existing baseline monitoring programs||33,000||67,000|
|Initiate comprehensive marine biology inventory, targeting regional hotspots||33,000||67,000|
|Maintain NRM Regional Support Network (3 NRM officers)||0||312,000|
|Establish NRM Support Program for Aboriginal Communities||25,000||50,000|
|Maintain regional biodiversity support program – BMA, Reg Ecologist, Bushcare Support||0||330,000|
|Support water resource management programs – Waterwatch etc||41,250||83,750|
|Develop standardised risk assessment framework for planning authorities dealing with development applications||11,550||23,450|
|Review arrangements for prevention of pest incursions (including marine)||10,000||20,000|
|Develop salinity management plans for priority catchments||25,000||50,000|
|Develop integrated management plans for coastal areas of particular significance (including shorebird habitats)||25,000||50,000|
|Develop an integrated revegetation strategy for region, covering biodiversity and production||25,000||50,000|
|Protect 800ha of remnant native vegetation in priority biodiversity areas||75,900||154,100|
|Maintain plant propagation unit to undertake seed collection and propagation programs for regional habitat construction program||16,500||33,500|
|Support environmental week programs over 800ha in priority biodiversity areas including coasts and watercourses||0||230,000|
|Implement recovery plans and associate actions for the conservation of threatened species and communities||66,000||134,000|
|Research into the control of intractable weeks such as silver leaf nightshade, onion week, topped lavender and knapweed||8,580||17,420|
|Investigate extent and impacts of farm dam and irrigation development in priority areas under development pressure||73,920||150,080|
|Conduct regional investigations of smaller streams to assess ecological assets and their requirements||26,400||53,600|
|Expand grassland management trials to establish best practice management guidelines||16,500||33,500|
|NRM Board and Program Administration||0||330,000|
Summary of NAP & NHT Regional Investment Package for South East
|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|