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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
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
&
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Mr Warren Truss
&
ACT Environment Minister
Mr Jon Stanhope
&
Australian Senator for the ACT
Senator Gary Humphries

29 June 2004

More than $3.2 million for the ACT region


Key features of the ACT's natural resources will be restored and protected thanks to more than $3.2 million in Australian Government funding and the accreditation of a new plan to help address and improve the region's environment and natural resource assets.

The investment package, from the Australian Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust, and the accreditation of the ACT Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan was announced today by Australian Government Ministers for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, ACT Environment Minister, Jon Stanhope and Australian Senator for the ACT, Gary Humprhies.

Dr Kemp said the vital funds would advance the objectives of the Plan for 2003-04 to 2005-06.

"The Plan will help address priority actions in the region and includes funding for 13 facilitators and coordinators to provide training, workshops, trials and demonstrations, field days, planning and monitoring and evaluation of on-ground natural resource management activities for three years," Dr Kemp said.

Mr Stanhope said the Australian Government's $3.2 million would be matched by more than $4 million from the ACT Government through financial and in-kind contributions.

"I congratulate the ACT Natural Resource Management Board on producing its regional plan, which establishes logical processes and a strategic vision for the region," Mr Stanhope said.

"The ACT faces a number of NRM issues including competition for natural resources, surface water flows and water quality, land degradation, nature conservation, loss of habitat, weed and pest management, and stormwater management."

Mr Truss said: "The plan deals with the sustainable use of the ACT region's natural resources, community engagement and partnerships with surrounding regions.

"Funding will provide incentives and engage industry through innovative ways to maximise on ground outcomes of mixed farming enterprises such as wine grapes and olives."

Mr Humphries said the $3.2 million included funding for an important Veg link project, which would help engage the community through revegetation, weed control, seed collection and propagation.

"This funding of $393,000 will help increase the participation of members of the ACT community not traditionally involved in natural resource management, through three sub projects - Green Gateways, Science Works and Adopt A Patch," he said.

The Integrated NRM Plan sets a range of objectives for the region including increasing perennial vegetation in saline catchments; improving soil health across the ACT to prevent soil erosion; water efficiency, water recycling and use of stormwater and rainwater to result in a reduction in mains water usage; protect, restore and link areas of remnant vegetation to provide adequate habitat for threatened species and other wildlife; and best practice weed, feral animal, fire and grazing management programs.

Today's funding announcement will bring the total 2002-06 Natural Heritage Trust investment approved for the ACT region to $4 million.

For further information on the ACT Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan contact Environment ACT on 02-6207 9777.

A list of activities funded under the Plan is attached.


Projects funded under the Natural Heritage Trust for the ACT region 2003-2006
Project/Management Action
Total NHT Investment
Biodiversity
Establishing biodiversity targets
$50,000
Protection and enhancement of native vegetation and riparian zones on rural leaseholds
$231,000
Protecting threatened aquatic fauna by managing environmental flows
$184,000
Native seed production to sustain native vegetation recovery
$235,000
VegLink to engage the local community in on-ground activities in native vegetation protection, enhancement
$393,000
Greening Industry Landcare activities by agricultural and horticultural enterprises
$75,000
Coordinator Support, capacity building and regional engagement in on-ground actions addressing native vegetation protection and rehabilitation
$378,250
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting to track on-ground delivery of investment addressing native vegetation protection and rehabilitation
$95,000
Water Quality and Flow
Coordinator Support, capacity building and regional engagement in on-ground actions addressing water quality and flow issues
$428,250
Target setting, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to track on-ground delivery of investment for water quality and flow issues
$95,000
Soil Health
Coordinator support, capacity building and regional engagement in on-ground actions addressing soil health issues
$428,250
Target setting, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to track on-ground delivery of investment for soil health issues
$95,000
Salinity
Coordinator support, capacity building and regional engagement in on-ground actions addressing salinity issues
$428,250
Target setting, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to track on-ground delivery of investment for salinity issues
$95,000
Total
$3,211,000
Commonwealth of Australia