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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Government Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Warren Truss MP
&
New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and for Natural Resources
Craig Knowles MP
&
New South Wales Attorney General and Minister for the Environment
Bob Debus MP

6 July 2005

$14.1 million for the Hawkesbury Nepean catchment


The environment and agricultural resources of New South Wales' Hawkesbury-Nepean region received a huge boost with the announcement of $14.1 million in joint funding from the Australian and State Governments.

The announcement was made jointly by Australian Government Ministers for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, Environment and Heritage, Ian Campbell and NSW Ministers for the Environment, Bob Debus and Infrastructure and Planning, and for Natural Resources, Craig Knowles.

Mr Truss said over $5 million goes toward a River Health Program where landholders, local government and the community will work together to conserve rivers and wetlands in the region.

"Willows, privet and other invasive species will be removed and native species planted to stabilise riverbanks and prevent erosion. The program also includes activities to manage wetlands and control aquatic weeds, and to improve public access to waterways and foreshore areas," Mr Truss said.

Senator Campbell said nearly $5 million has been allocated for a Terrestrial Biodiversity and Threatened Species Conservation Program that targets native vegetation and important habitat for threatened species including the Copperwing Butterfly, Macquarie Perch, Adams Emerald Dragonfly and Regent Honeyeater.

"The program will see key remnants of native vegetation conserved and will help land managers create wildlife corridors to increase the habitat of the region's native bird and animal life," Senator Campbell said.

Mr Debus said just over $4 million has been allocated for a Soil and Land Management Program.

"This program is targeting the sources of drinking water to ensure they are protected and kept clean. It focuses on improving land management practices so that grazing stock does not have an adverse impact on the region's waterways," Mr Debus said.

"This program is also providing assistance to Landcare groups in the catchment."

The funding goes directly to the Hawkesbury Nepean CMA and comprises $12.9 million from the $3 billion Australian Government's Natural Heritage Trust and $1.2 million from State Sustainability Funding. It is part of $436.5 million allocated for CMAs throughout NSW over four years.

For further information about the Natural Heritage Trust visit www.nht.gov.au
For further information about the Hawkesbury Nepean CMA visit www.hn.cma.nsw.gov.au

Media Contacts:
Kylie Butler (Minister Truss) (02) 6277 7520 or 0417 652 488
Marianne McCabe (Minister Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580
Chris Ward (Minister Debus) (02) 9228 3025 or 0418 424 654

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