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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Peter McGauran

1 November 2005

$1 million for better information on our vegetation


Greening Australia has received an extra $1 million to continue the successful Exchange: a National Vegetation Knowledge Service project.

The two-year Natural Heritage Trust funding was announced today by Australian Government Ministers for the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran.

Exchange is a vegetation knowledge service that aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and the needs of natural resource management practitioners.

Senator Campbell said the latest information on our native vegetation was now more user-friendly with the advent of the project.

"Exchange is part of the Australian Government’s response to requests from regional groups for better access to scientific data on our natural resources," he said.

"Greening Australia’s groundbreaking service has already produced a number of practical tools and guides, which take the most up-to-date research and innovation in vegetation management to rural land managers and property owners."

These tools include a valuable ready-reference guide to current publications and development agencies, and the new guides to research and resources: Native Vegetation and Regional Management and Native Vegetation and Property Management. These publications are now available online.

Speaking at the Canberra launch of the Exchange service today, Mr McGauran said it was important to look after our native vegetation systems as they provided many benefits to the landscape.

"We know that healthy vegetation is critical to addressing issues like salinity, water quality and biodiversity. It also helps us maintain sustainable agricultural, forestry and pastoral production systems," he said.

"We want to give farmers the best possible information and sources of expertise so they can continue to carefully manage native vegetation for their own benefit and on behalf of the broader community.

"The Exchange service is already providing the most comprehensive information available in Australia and we look forward to seeing how it will grow and develop with this new funding boost."

More information is attached. For further detail, visit www.greeningaustralia.org.au, email exchange@greeningaustralia.org.au or contact Greening Australia on (02) 6281 8585.

Media Contact:
Senator Campbell Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Minister McGauran Russ Neal (02) 6277 7520 or 0413 601 303


Exchange: The National Vegetation Knowledge Service

Exchange is a vegetation knowledge service that aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and the knowledge and information needs of natural resource management practitioners. It makes use of Greening Australia’s extensive networks and expertise.

As Australia’s premier advisers to the community on vegetation management, Greening Australia and its network of over 350 staff in 80 locations across the country is well placed to connect practitioners to the full scope of vegetation knowledge through Exchange.

By linking practitioners to current research and relevant researchers, Exchange provides the connection needed to deliver answers to support regional and property vegetation managers. In so doing it:

Exchange does this by:

For more information and to contact Exchange:
Phone: (02) 6281 8585
Email: exchange@greeningaustralia.org.au
Web: www.greeningaustralia.org.au

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