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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

3 October 2006

Ongoing investment in a more sustainable Australia


The Australian Government today announced it will continue its support beyond 2008 for the largest environmental rescue effort since Federation.

New programmes, based on good science, will build on the success of the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust and the $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.

“We are taking a comprehensive, continent-wide approach to managing our natural resources, and have already achieved some amazing results,” Senator Campbell said.

“Australian Government funding has already helped to protect over 8 million hectares of wetlands, treat 400,000 hectares of land for salinity and erosion, and help some 800,000 volunteers get involved in on-ground work”.

“We want to keep this momentum going, so we’ve been talking to communities, industries and our state and territory government partners and hearing their views about how best we can keep this vital work going”.

“The responses we’ve had have been consistent across the country. Australians value the support that the Australian Government has provided to protect our land, water and coasts and they want us to continue to provide that support”.

The Keogh Review was undertaken by Kim Keogh, Bob Frazer and Doug Chant, chosen for their links to the community and experience across a range of environmental and agricultural issues to inform the Australian Government on the design of future NRM Programmes. “One thing that came across loud and clear was the overwhelming support for the partnership between governments, rural communities and the Landcare movement,” Mr McGauran said.

The review also highlighted that significant investments have been made to build the necessary links between communities, industry and government for the successful delivery of natural resource programmes. The Australian Government has a central role in ensuring the maximum return on this significant investment. The on-going success of these important programmes will depend on state and territory governments also making significant investments.

For a copy of the Keogh Review visit:
http://www.nrm.gov.au/publications/regional-delivery-review/index.html

For more information about the government’s natural resource management programmes visit:
www.nrm.gov.au

Media contacts:
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Russ Neal (Minister McGauran) (02) 6277 7520 or 0413 601 303

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