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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Trust Funds to Conserve Threatened N.S.W. Plants

21 July 1997

The Howard Government has allocated $1.2 million from the Natural Heritage Trust to fund 49 projects, including 10 in New South Wales, aimed at protecting threatened native plants and animals.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the NSW projects, totalling $168 000, will be among the first conducted as part of Australia's largest environmental rescue effort.

"Through the Natural Heritage Trust, the Howard Government is supporting an increase in effective activity on-the-ground, where it will directly help to restore threatened species to a secure status in the wild.

"The 49 projects will target a range of species in urgent need of conservation action and enable government agencies and local communities to work together to protect threatened species in their region.

"The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will target 10 threatened plant species using Trust funding of $168 000.

"Recovery plans will be developed for threatened species of grevillea, hakea and eucalypt.

"The Parks and Wildlife Service will conduct field and literature searches for the Grevillea obtusifolia and write a recovery plan.

"A survey and assessment of known populations of new species of hakea and eucalypt will also be conducted, along with a search for potential habitat for these two threatened species."

Anyone wanting to participate in nature conservation projects such as these can contact Environment Australia on 06 250 0200 or the Threatened Species Network coordinator for New South Wales on 02 9241 1438.

21 July 1997

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640
David Kay (Environment Australia) 06 250 0240 or 250 0766

Commonwealth of Australia