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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
Western Australian Minister for Environment
Western Australian Ministerfor Agriculture and Forestry
27 May 2005
Western Australia's precious natural resources will benefit from more than $10 million in Australian and State Government funding to help prevent, stabilise and reverse trends in salinity and conserve vital water resources.
The funding package - $3.11 million from the Natural Heritage Trust and more than $7.27 million from the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality - was announced today by Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, WA Senator Ian Campbell, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, and Western Australian Ministers for Agriculture and Forestry, Kim Chance, and the Environment and Science, Judy Edwards.
Senator Campbell said that of the $10.38 million investment, $487,000 would cover the South Coast region in the areas of wetland management, salinity and conservation.
"This priority funding will be used to continue existing work in the South Coast region on key threatened species such as the Western ground parrot, noisy scrub bird and Gilbert's potoroo," he said.
"A coordinated approach is being taken to managing threats to these species such as disease, fire and introduced pest animals."
Mr Truss said the Australian Government had provided $2.96 million for a strategic tree-farming project, which has the potential to attract commercial returns for landholders.
"We're going to see up to 1,700 hectares of pine, eucalypt and sandalwood planted in targeted areas during the 2005 season,'' he said.
"Besides making good business sense, the project will help us better understand how commercial revegetation could improve groundwater quality and reduce salinity in agricultural areas."
Minister Edwards said the Swan region would receive $215,000 for the Perth Biodiversity Project, which was helping local governments strategically protect and manage bushland, wetlands and other natural areas.
"These funds are already helping the cities of Swan and Wanneroo and the township of Kwinana better manage important reserves such as Burley Park, Wandi Nature Reserve and Leda Nature Reserve," she said.
Mr Chance said the Avon region would benefit from $307,000 to help protect waterways, native vegetation in the Avon Basin and threatened flora in Narrogin. It would also support the recovery of threatened species in Katanning, including critically endangered plants such as the hinged dragon orchid.
"In addition, the South West will use $218,000 to protect critical biodiversity assets damaged by last year's Kukerin fires, including parts of the Tarin Rock landscape," he said.
More than $1.6 million in foundation funding from the Trust will help regions finalise plans and investment strategies by June 2005, which will open the door to further Australian and State Government funding. For more information about the Trust and National Action Plan visit www.nrm.gov.au
Tim Langmead (Minister Truss) - 02 6277 7520 or 0408 648 400
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell) - 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Alicia Miriklis (Minister Chance) - (08) 9213 6700 or 0428 911 240
Nigel Higgs (Minister Edwards) - (08) 9220 5056 or 0408 926 026