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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
The Hon Peter McGauran MP
Tasmanian Minister for Environment and Planning
26 October 2005
Sustainable management of the Cradle Coast’s outstanding natural resources is being boosted with $3.8 million from the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust.
The funding was announced today by Australian Ministers for the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, and Agriculture, Peter McGauran, and the Tasmanian Minister for Environment and Planning, Judy Jackson.
Senator Campbell said the funding would help communities care for the region’s farming land, rivers, coasts and endangered species.
“Managing our natural resources sustainably is one of the greatest challenges facing us today, locally, nationally and internationally,” he said.
“It’s through initiatives like those in the Cradle Coast that communities and governments can meet this challenge together.
“These projects are based on taking a ‘whole of catchment approach’ to managing our land and it is important that people across the region are closely involved in developing and undertaking them.
“Projects being funded will support sustainable land use, restore rivers, improve water management, conserve biodiversity and threatened species, protect coasts and help develop the community’s skills.”
Minister McGauran said integrated property planning was being supported with $246,000 in funding.
“We’re also investing over $650,000 to provide incentives for land managers for fencing to protect streams, to protect remnant vegetation, improve wetland management and manage and control weeds,” he said.
“While governments can provide funding for projects, it is communities who need to undertake the work and we have allocated $268,000 to maintain a network of local natural resource management facilitators.”
Minister Jackson highlighted the emphasis on coastal protection and water quality.
“Coastal issues are vital for a region like the Cradle Coast and we have allocated $268,000 for on-ground work on coastal and estuarine sites. A further $171,000 will go into activities to improve water quality and river health in the region.
“The ongoing importance of community participation is also reflected in the $214,000 committed to promoting community employment and training programs in NRM,” she said.
The Ministers praised the work undertaken by Cradle Coast landholders, land managers, academic and scientific organisations, environmental and industry groups, as well as government agencies in developing the funded projects.
NRM strategies and investment proposals for the whole of Tasmania were announced recently by Australian Conservation Minister, Senator Ian Macdonald, and Minister Jackson.
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Russ Neal (Minister McGauran) (02) 6277 7520 or 0413 601 303
|Activity||NHT $ 05-06|
|Program: Sustainable Land Use|
|Establish Benchmarks and Targets For Soil Condition of Land Used For Agriculture Forestry or in Reserves.||$59,000|
|Undertake an Investigation to Characterise the Extent and Rate of Change in Land Affected by Salinity and Salinity Risk (King Island)||$86,000|
|Facilitate Adoption of Best Practice Techniques For Soil Erosion Control in Agriculture and Forestry.||$86,000|
|Facilitate Adoption of Integrated Property Planning Including Game Management Planning.||$246,000|
|Program: Water Management and River Restoration|
|Promote Adoption of and Compliance With Accreditation Schemes Best Practice Guidelines Standards and Codes of Practice in Priority Catchments||$246,000|
|Develop and Implement Water Management Plans in Priority Catchments (eg Welcome Montagu Duck Inglis Rubicon and Leven).||$171,000|
|Provide Incentives For Land Managers to - Fence Streams and Riparian Zones- Undertake Riparian Revegetation Activities- Protect Remnant Vegetation- and Improve Wetland Management.||$321,000|
|Develop Framework For the Benchmarking of Key Wetlands and Implement a Program of Assessing Their Current Condition Extent and Threats.||$11,000|
|Benchmark Condition of Rivers (eg. State Of The Rivers Assessment Rivercare) and Identify Priority Sites For The Maintenance or Improvement of Riparian Buffer Strips.||$102,000|
|Develop A Regional Water Quality and River Health Monitoring Program||$171,000|
|Program: Biodiversity & Threatened Species Conservation|
|Develop The Means to Interpret Regional Data For Focusing The Implementation of On-Ground Works||$54,000|
|Set Vegetation Condition Benchmarks For Cradle Coast Region.||$32,000|
|Develop and Implement Conservation Plans/Agreements (E.G. Migratory Birds) at Priority Sites in Consultation With Landowners.||$64,000|
|Support Development and Coordinate The Implementation of Threatened Species Recovery Plans and Protection Measures.||$107,000|
|Contribute to The Process of Identifying Flora and Fauna of High Conservation Priority or of Iconic Status in The Region (eg. Eastern Barred Bandicoot Platypus Eastern Quoll and Tasmanian Devil) to Prevent Them Becoming Threatened||$32,000|
|Undertake Surveys to Identify Population Characteristics of Giant Freshwater Lobster and Burnie Burrowing Crayfish.||$32,000|
|Establish and Implement Incentive Programs to Encourage Land Managers and Groups to Control Weeds and Monitor and Document Outcomes and Review as Necessary in Hot Spots.||$321,000|
|Support and Assist Conservation and Restoration of Habitat Throughout Region Through Providing Incentives Including Habitats That Form or Enhance Strategic Biodiversity Links.||$375,000|
|Program: Coastal Protection|
|Undertake Prioritised On-Ground Works in Coastal and Estuarine Systems Including Foreshore Stabilisation.||$268,000|
|Develop and/or Implement Management Plans For Nationally Significant Estuarine Coastal and Marine Areas.||$54,000|
|Determine Baseline and Condition Benchmarks and Establish Reference Sites For Key Habitats Including Rocky Reefs.||$74,000|
|Map Key Habitat Types and Significant Marine Communities (eg. Seagrass Macrosystis Beds Sponge Beds In Each Bioregion||$139,000|
|Develop Water Quality Objectives and Targets For All Estuaries and Marine Waters in the Region Consistent With Protected Environmental Values||$161,000|
|Develop a Program That Will Establish Conservation Value Detailed Baseline Information and Indicators For Water Quality For Priority Estuaries (eg Duck, Montagu, Detention and Black Rivers.)||$161,000|
|Program: Community Capacity|
|Local Facilitator Network – Cradle Coast Region||$268,000|
|Develop and Promote Employment and Training Programs For Local People to Encourage Participation In NRM.||$214,000|
|Total Cradle Coast NRM Regional Funding||$3, 855, 000|