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Natural Heritage Trust

Media Release

NEW YEAR FUNDING PACKAGE: TERRITORY GETS $5 MILLION THIS YEAR TO REPAIR ENVIRONMENT


31 December 1997

The Territory will receive $5 million in 1997/98 for a raft of environment rescue, sustainable agriculture, bush care and wetlands projects under the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust funding, CLP Senator Grant Tambling said today.

Senator Tambling said additional funding would be provided (until 2001) to fund 128 projects approved and designed for long-term environmental support throughout the Territory.

Senator Tambling today handed details of the Natural Heritage Trust projects to Territory Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment Mick Palmer on behalf of the Federal Government and Federal Environment Minister Senator Robert Hill.

"Many of the projects will be complementary to Northern Territory Government land care programs and some will be subject to amendment to ensure proper outcomes and will be administered through the resource management of the Northern Territory Government," he said.

Senator Tambling said 79 projects would be administered by local community organisations.

"The range of projects submitted by community groups in the Territory is a testament to their willingness and commitment to work for a better environment," he said.

"The groups who have received funding are to be commended for their work and this is fitting recognition in both a public and financial sense for their efforts."

Senator Tambling said these important environment projects were located throughout the Territory and ranged from dust suppression and replanting initiatives to waterway and fishery management.

"Among successful applicants are the Leanyer's Landcare Group's Monsoon Vine Forest Project to restore rainforest patches in the Buffalo Creek catchment and the Rapid Creek Catchment Consortium to protect the creek's natural resources and biodiversity," he said.

"Dust is the cause of serious environmental and health issues in central regions of the Territory and more than $128,000 in Trust funding has been made available for 16 on-ground dust suppression projects in remote Aboriginal communities throughout the Territory."

He said a range of Landcare projects would improve management skills of landholders and community groups in areas such as fire management in the Sturt Plateau and Victoria River District as well as providing landholders with water resource information.

Senator Tambling said the Bushfires Council of the NT would receive important on-going grants.

"A special project of the Centralian Land Management Association of Alice Springs will facilitate the regeneration of native species along the Finke River and be complementary to other Centralian pastoral and landcare projects," he said.

"Federal Member Nick Dondas and I were actively involved in the passage of the Natural Heritage Trust through the Federal Parliament and we are pleased our contribution on behalf of Territory residents is seeing funds channelled directly into on-ground works which are so important in caring for our environment and ensuring that we maintain a viable agricultural sector."

31/12/97

Contact: Senator Tambling 0419 811415 or Lynne Hare 0412 087314

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