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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

Envirofund boosts South Australia’s drought recovery


Communities in drought-affected areas in South Australia are being helped to rebuild their land and their lives with $420,500 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 South Australia may now be starting to green up after the rain, but the corrosive effect of the drought remains," Senator Campbell said.

"This funding for 19 community-based projects in South Australia 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 a number of innovative South Australian projects. "At Mt Serle station near the tiny town of Copley in far north South Australia, the local Knepbunna Indigenous community will plant saltbush, blue bush, mitchell grass and other native vegetation on their land to provide a seedbank for revegetation of drought depleted areas," he said.

"Other projects will include fencing to limit stock access to streams and waterways to allow them to recover from the effects of the drought; removal of invasive vegetation like prickly pear and African boxthorn, and controlling feral animals to encourage native plant regeneration and to protect endangered animals such as the yellow-footed rock wallaby from predators."

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 South Australian projects are attached.

For details of all projects go to http://www.nht.gov.au/envirofund/

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

South Australia project examples

Craddock Land Management Project $44,173

This project will involve extensive rabbit control by ripping, fumigation and other methods on Craddock, near Orroroo and Carrieton east of Port Augusta. The effect of the removal of rabbits on predator numbers and vegetation will be monitored, and further measures to control of rabbits and foxes undertaken as necessary.

Protecting Remnant Vegetation and Erosion Risk Reduction, Yating $1,064

Under this project 4ha at Yating property near Peterborough will be fenced to exclude stock, and protect native pine. The project will also desilt one dry dam and construct a new dam in an environmentally suited location.

Operation Beltana $41,332

Two dams on Beltana near Copley, a tiny town in north west South Australia, will be desilted as part of this project and earthworks undertaken on a 100ha area to control erosion. A creek system will be protected from stock access by constructing 5km of fencing and installing an alternative watering point. Feral animals will be controlled to reduce predation on an endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby population at the nearby Aroona dam.

Sustainable Grazing Project, Willangi $8,636

This project will involve erecting 10km of fencing at Willangi near Orroroo east of Port Augusta, to allow better management of stock access to pasture, and remove invasive vegetation such as african boxthorn, prickly pear and african rue with a bulldozer and by spraying.

Seeds for the Future, Mt Serle $11,636

For this project the local Knepbunna Indigenous community will plant saltbush, blue bush, mitchell grass, native pears/bananas (myaka) and quondong (uti) on their land at Mt Serle station near Copley to provide a seedbank for revegetation of drought depleted areas.

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