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Joint Statement by Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill, and
Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson
6 April 1997
The Howard Government has opened the way for an integrated, regional approach to the conservation and sustainable management of the environment with the launch today of the Natural Heritage Trust Guide for Regional Arrangements.
The $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust lays the foundation for a long-term and integrated approach for the conservation of Australia's land, water and biodiversity, and the sustainable use of agricultural resources.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Primary Industries Minister John Anderson said today that the Guide for Regional Arrangements under the Natural Heritage Trust would enable community groups and other key stakeholders to participate in the development and implementation of regional strategies in part funded under the Natural Heritage Trust.
"The development of the Guide for Regional Arrangements under the Natural Heritage Trust reflects the Government's desire to 'get it right at the regional level'.
"The Guide is aimed at encouraging key regional stakeholders to develop and implement self-sufficient and natural resource management systems and at guiding investment to high priority activities.
"This means that the National Vegetation Initiative, Landcare, Waterwatch Australia and other programs will work with Local Government, industry and community groups to tackle environmental problems in their regions.
"Encouraging a regional approach to environmental problems is at the heart of the Natural Heritage Trust.
"All Australian governments agree that the development and implementation of regional strategies is the best approach to the sustainable management of our land, water and biodiversity, and the sustainable use of agricultural resources," the Ministers said.
The Guide explains what a region is, how to develop effective regional strategies, and the Commonwealth funding arrangements for Natural Heritage Trust programs, such as the National Vegetation Initiative, the National Landcare Program and Murray-Darling 2001. Contact officers for each State and Territory are also supplied.
Copies of the Guide for Regional Arrangements under the Natural Heritage Trust can be obtained by ringing State and Territory contacts, whose details are available from Countrylink toll-free on 1800 026 222.
Media inquires: Matt Brown, Senator Hill's office (06) 277 7640 or 0419 693 515.
Rob Haynes, Mr Anderson's office (06) 277 7520.