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Natural Heritage Trust

Media Release
Joint Statement by Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson,
and Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill

TRUST FUNDS FLOW FROM KUNUNURRA TO ALBANY


16th October 1997

The Federal Government today announced $23.5 million for 336 projects in Western Australia in the first major round of Natural Heritage Trust funding.

Federal Primary Industries and Energy Minister, John Anderson, and Environment Minister, Robert Hill, have approved the projects as the first instalment of in excess of $30 million in Trust funding for WA this financial year.

"The critical issue of salinity in Western Australia is clearly addressed under this multi-million dollar funding from the Howard Government," Mr Anderson said in Perth today.

"The successful projects have a strong focus on rural and regional Western Australia where on-the-ground action is most needed.

"The projects cover the length and breadth of Western Australia's vast regions and address environmental repair, sustainable agriculture and natural resources management problems, including salinity and weed infestations.

"Today's announcement is a momentous step forward, marking the delivery of a key Howard Government election commitment to all Western Australians," Mr Anderson said.

"The Tin Dog Creek Catchment Group in south-east WA will restore and protect native generation and stabilise local creek banks with a grant of $24,800.

"Other grants include $11,390 to the Morawa Agriculture College to restore degraded salt lakes in south-east WA."

Both Ministers said Trust funding would support environment and natural resource management projects in Western Australia during the next year.

Mr Anderson and Senator Hill said Landcare and other community groups in rural and urban areas had, along with local councils and State Government agencies, successfully applied for Trust funding.

"This round of project funding follows the signing in July of the first partnership agreement between the Federal and Western Australian governments.

"The agreement sets out how the range of Trust programs will be delivered in Australia's largest state.

'We encourage communities across Western Australia to lend a hand by participating directly in Trust projects in their area," the Ministers said.

Trust programs such as Landcare, Bushcare, Rivercare, the Endangered Species Program and the National Feral Animal Control program are involved in today's announcement.

Contact: Rob Haynes (Mr Anderson) 0419 493 511 or 02 6277 7520 or
Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 693 515

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