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


30 October 1997

A non-profit community-run company, Bushland Conservation, has won a major environment award in recognition of more than 25 years work in nature conservation.

The Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has congratulated the company on winning the Environment Australia Nature Conservation Award, which was presented last night at the National Landcare Awards South Australian finals in Belair.

"The company's dedication to nature conservation with the purchase of almost 1,700 hectares of bushland is contributing to the long-term improvement in the quality and extent of remnant native vegetation in regional South Australia.

"Since 1975, the company has bought a total of 1,364 hectares of land on Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, and 328 hectares in the Tothill Range.

"The community members have identified rare plant species, controlled weeds and feral animals and managed to have the land placed under a Heritage Agreement.

"I am pleased to see that the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with Bushland Conservation is recognised in these Landcare awards.

"The Howard Government is proud to support Landcare Australia and its biennial awards by sponsoring the 1997-98 Environment Australia Nature Conservation Award.

"The Government is providing unprecedented support for the Landcare movement through the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust. Under the Trust, the Landcare and Bushcare programs support community initiated and managed projects contributing to sustainable management of land, water, vegetation and biological diversity.

"These programs build on community enthusiasm and commitment to environmental repair, qualities that Bushland Conservation has demonstrated over many years."

All State and Territory winners of the Environment Australia Nature Conservation Award will travel to Canberra next March as finalists in the National Landcare Awards.

Contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill's office) 0419 693 515 or 06 277 7640
Andrew Campbell (Environment Australia) 02 6250 7501
30 October 1997

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