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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Australian Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald

9 December 2005

Community drought recovery boosted by Envirofund

Communities in drought-affected areas in New South Wales are being helped to rebuild their land and their lives with nearly $10 million from the Australian Government’s Envirofund.

Details of successful applications for the 2005 Drought Recovery Envirofund were announced today by the Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald.

"Much of New South Wales may now be green after the rain, but the corrosive effect of the drought remains," Senator Campbell said.

"This funding for 689 community-based projects in New South Wales will help people recover from the drought and manage their land to reduce the impacts of future dry spells.

"We received an unprecedented demand for grants from across the country and in response, doubled the funding originally set aside from $10 million to $20 million. This means that we have been able to approve 1,145 applications nationally."

Senator Macdonald said that funding would go to New South Wales projects ranging from regenerating native plants and grasses along eroded watercourses, to controlling feral pests like foxes, pigs and rabbits and erecting temporary feedlots to spell paddocks.

"Fencing and providing off-creek water troughs to allow creeks and wetlands and surrounding areas to regenerate following the drought is a key feature of many projects," he said.

"Other work includes seeding and replanting native trees and shrubs to re-establish habitat and prevent erosion, and eradicating weeds so that native species can regenerate."

Envirofund is the community-focused component of the Australian Government’s $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust. The next standard Envirofund round will open in February 2006.

Some examples of New South Wales projects are attached.

For details of all projects go to

Media contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
David Crisafulli (Minister Macdonald) 07 4771 3066 or 0400 144 483

Round 7 Australian Government Envirofund

New South Wales project examples

Bulbodney Creek and Wetlands Protection Project $20,773

Under this project 6.5km of fencing will be erected to prevent stock access to Bulbodney Creek, on Euambaline, Tottenham. This will allow regeneration and revegetation of the creek and surrounding wetlands. The project will install two off-stream stock watering points and undertake erosion control works along the banks of the river, including revegetating with native trees and grasses.

Feral Pig Control along the Gwydir River and Bingara Region $4,355

This project aims to control feral pigs in the Bingara area by constructing and installing 40 pig traps on 15 properties. A reduction in the feral pig population will encourage regeneration of native plants and return of native fauna, a reduction in soil erosion and improved riparian areas along the Gwydir River.

Temporary Feedlot for Spelling Paddocks, Pens, Water Shelter $8,609

This project will establish temporary feedlots to spell paddocks on Glenulla near Coonamble. The aim is to reduce erosion and allow the regeneration of grasses, resulting in a decrease of invasive vegetation.

Numbla Vale Coordinated Rabbit Control Program $43,636

This project will control rabbit populations on 6,390ha of land, involving 14 properties near Dalgety. The project area includes native grasslands and extensive areas of remnant vegetation both on the slopes leading to the river and on the undulating farmland. The plan involves baiting and fumigation by landholders, warren ripping and removal of surface harbour. Landholders will undertake revegetation by direct seeding with appropriate grass species. A reduction of the rabbit population will lessen the grazing impact of the rabbits and will help maintain ground cover through the drought and reduce the potential for soil erosion and transport of sediment into waterways, including the Snowy River.

Regeneration of Native Plants and Grasses along an Eroded Watercourse $3,377

This project, sponsored by the Gugin Dudduba Local Aboriginal Land Council will improve ground cover, reduce soil erosion during heavy rains, improve water quality and enhance local biodiversity in a weed infested and heavily eroded watercourse that feeds into Roseberry Creek near Kyogle. The project will remove invasive weeds by hand, with the help of volunteer members of the Local Aboriginal Land Council. It will also use suitable weeds as mulch to protect seedlings and promote natural regeneration; plant the area cleared for fencing with lomandra, which is native to the area; and plant pioneers species and early secondary trees and shrubs common to the region. About 0.4km of fencing will be erected to exclude stock from 0.8ha of rehabilitated area.

Willow Eradication and Replacement Project, Burnt Yards Road, Belubula River $13,023

This project will rehabilitate 1.5km of Belubula River frontage near Mandurama by removing crack willow and other invasive plants. One hundred native seedlings will be planted to help re-establish native flora.

Riparian Protection of Darling River, Trilby Station, Western NSW $11,182

Through this project 6.2km of fencing on Trilby station in western New South Wales will be constructed to control stock access to the Darling River and associated billabongs, gullies and claypans, near Louth to reduce erosion and enhance the riparian vegetation and biodiversity.

Drought Management and Remnant Vegetation Protection, Springfield Young $12,413

This project will involve three sites on the property Springfield near Young. On site one, 460m of fencing will be erected to exclude stock from both sides of a fragile creek area. A wildlife corridor will be created on this site by planting 800 trees and shrubs and an alternate watering point will be established for stock watering purposes. On site two, 1.3km of fencing will be erected and 300 trees and shrubs planted to establish three temporary feedlots of 2.5ha each as well as protecting a 2ha white box community site. On site three, 700m of fencing will be erected and 200 native trees and shrubs planted along an eroding channel, which is silting up a large water holding dam.

Riparian Corridor Project Winrae, Warrego River $8,246

This project will erect 5.4km of fencing along the eastern side of the Warrego River near Bourke to exclude stock from the river and create a protected riparian corridor. Native vegetation will be able to regenerate and recover from the effects of the drought and stock, thus preventing further environmental damage.

Bombay Drought Recovery, Protecting Land, Water and Biodiversity $23,993

The project will cover six sites and properties within the Bombay Creek and Little Bombay Creek sub-catchment near Braidwood. The project will control erosion and rehabilitate an old closed access road that is currently eroding in site one, Jurrawen; undertake salinity site rehabilitation by planting suitable native tubestock on an area covering 0.25ha in site two Jurrawen; decommission an inappropriately positioned and ineffective dam by back filling and planting of coxsfoot grass in site three Lisdaleen; and control feral pigs on three adjoining properties of Four Pines, Ridgewood and Wilmont, by baiting, monitoring, and repairing an electric fence. These activities will complement the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority’s Southern Catchment Blueprints and the Braidwood Rural Land Protection Board’s Pest Animal and Insect Management Plan.

Protecting and Enhancing a Regionally Significant Drought Refuge Wetland $8,441

The project will help drought recovery, provide long-term protection of native bird species and add to the regional wetland values near Urbenville in the NSW Northern Tablelands area. It will fence off 6.25ha of wetland habitat; plant 3,000 mixed ground and shrub species including bottlebrush, native frangipani and melaleuca; excavate the perimeter of the wetland area so that an island remains separated from the shoreline at all times and thereby provide a refuge and breeding ground for birds; strategically place hollow logs to provide protection and enhance habitat value; control foxes; and provide two stock troughs and associated piping away from the stream and wetland.

Improving Creek Lands and Water Quality on Dyamberin $45,451

The project will rehabilitate and protect the upper catchment of the Kangaroo Hills Creek and Connaughtmans Creek on Dyamberin near Ebor East of Armidale, contributing to the improvement of water quality directly downstream in the Guy Fawkes River National Park. It will fence off Kangaroo Hills Creek to completely exclude livestock from fragile riverbanks and protect 150ha of tableland forest. Gully control structures will prevent silt washing into the Connaughtmans Creek.

Assistance for Pig and Fox Control $8,545

This project will help the Braidwood Rural Lands Protection Board promote best practice methods for fox and pig control and contribute bait materials, pig traps and fund promotion materials.

Creek Stabilisation and Erosion Abatement in the Tomingley West Area $32,640

This project will involve erecting 8.5km of fencing on several sites in the Tomingley area in western New South Wales, to protect waterways, remnant vegetation and assist stabilisation of erosion control measures. It will also involve will planting 8,200 native seedlings, 200 of which are replacing plants from a previous Envirofund project.

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