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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

The Hon Tony Burke MP
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

ACT's iconic rivers share in environmental funding

Joint media release
20 November 2008

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The ACT’s two iconic rivers – the Molongolo and Murrumbidgee ‑ will benefit from a share of more than $28.5 million from the Rudd Government to protect Australia’s environment and promote sustainable farming. 

Details of the two ACT projects to receive support under the Caring for our Country Open Grants were announced today by Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke.

The funding is part of the $2.25 billion earmarked for the first five years of Caring for our Country, launched in July this year.

Mr Garrett said the projects, ranging from $80,000 to $400,000 would lead to significant environmental benefits and advances in land management practices in all states and territories.

“Through Caring for our Country, the Government is taking a comprehensive, targeted and integrated approach to natural resource management funding, encouraging organisations to work together to deliver on national priorities,” Mr Garrett said.

“Many of the organisations funded through this Open Grants scheme look beyond their local environmental issues to link up with others to deliver better environment and land management practices on a larger scale.

“The ACT Government’s Upper Murrumbidgee demonstration reach project, for example, will stretch along the river for approximately 80 kilometres from the ‘Scottsdale’ property in NSW (20 km south of Michelago) to Kambah Pool adjoining the southern suburbs of Canberra.

“The project will act as a demonstration to the community of the cumulative benefit of river rehabilitation in a waterway with high conservation value with several nationally-listed threatened species of freshwater fish including the Trout Cod, Murray Cod and Macquarie Perch all calling it home, “ Mr Garrett said.

Both Ministers said climate change and other pressures such as invasive weeds and pests emphasised the need for the Government to work in partnership with communities for the future of Australia’s environment and farming industries. 

Of the 137 Open Grants projects funded across Australia, 72 projects worth approximately $14.4 million address sustainable farm practices and Landcare.

Mr Burke said Caring for our Country also recognised the major environmental work undertaken by the nation’s farmers.

“Our farmers understand how to manage Australia’s natural resources in a sustainable way, while making productivity gains,” Mr Burke said.

“Caring for our Country will support that on-going work, including many projects which will see farmers working closely with other community and industry groups.

“We look forward to working together to secure a sustainable, resilient and productive environment for all Australians to share.”

Further information and a full listing of successful grants is available at www.nrm.gov.au 

EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS FUNDED

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Project Title Group Funding

Molonglo River Rescue

Territory and Municipal Services

$335,386

Ecosystems = Murray Mouth to Mountains Climate Change Corridors (E+M3C3)

Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority

$358,973

Commonwealth of Australia