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

Corridors of Green Projects Receive Almost $700,000


6 October 1997
(116/97)

Tens of thousands of trees will be planted and wildlife habitats will be increased and enhanced when almost $700,000 in Howard Government funds begin flowing to 16 National Corridors of Green projects across regional Australia.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill made the announcement as Corridors of Green coordinator, Greening Australia, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary.

Senator Hill says he is confident that Greening Australia's track record in vegetation and biodiversity conservation will be reflected in the new Corridors of Green projects.

"Volunteers working on Corridors of Green projects in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia, will plant more than 300,000 trees, revegetate 224 hectares of land and protect more than 1150 hectares of remnant vegetation.

"Volunteers will also establish seed banks and carry out large scale direct seeding of riparian grasses and new stands of native trees and shrubs.

"The National Corridors of Green program is now a component of Bushcare: The National Vegetation Initiative, the largest, new program of the Natural Heritage Trust.

"The goal of Bushcare is to reverse the long-term decline in the quality and extent of Australia's native vegetation communities in order to conserve biodiversity and contribute to the ecologically sustainable management of natural resources.

"The National Corridors of Green program encourages local and regional groups to protect, enlarge and link remaining patches of bushland with new plantings.

"Greening Australia projects provide opportunities to build partnerships between the community, government and business."

Project descriptions follow.

Media contacts:
Matt Brown, Senator Hill, 02 6277 7640; 0419 693 515
Andrew Campbell, Environment Australia, 02 6250 0501
Brian Peck, Greening Australia, 02 6281 8585; 0417 466 891

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Queensland

New Project

Catchment: Pioneer River
Project title: The Pioneer Corridors of Green
Funding: $114,472

Project: The project volunteers will revegetate 13.3 hectares along the Pioneer River linking it to other corridors of green within the catchment.

The Pioneer River community is donating $13,500 worth of seedlings to the project, which will contribute significantly to the 44,000 trees, understorey herbs, grasses and shrubs that volunteers are aiming to plant.

The Pioneer River project and remnant riparian vegetation will be protected from fire by the establishment and maintenance of fire breaks.

Local and regional benefits of this project include:



NSW

New Project

Catchment: Upper Murrumbidgee
Project title: Upper Murrumbidgee Corridor
Funding: $29,204

Project: The Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Committee is proposing an extensive corridor of green within the Murrumbidgee catchment. It will involve areas at Captains Flat, Bungendore, Welches Creek, the Molonglo Plain and the Numeralla River. The project incorporates plantings in riparian and native grassland areas and revegetation activities on cleared agricultural land. The project also will protect and extend existing patches of remnant vegetation.

On completion of the project, the Committee will have revegetated 19 hectares of land, established an estimated 5,000 trees and protected more than 5 hectares of remnant vegetation. About 12 kilometres of fencing will be built.

New Project

Catchment: Hunter River
Funding: $33,758

Project: The Mulbring Valley Waterways group will revegetate areas along Wallis Creek with the aim of linking riparian vegetation patches along the creek. Environmental problems to be targeted by the project include severe stream-bank erosion and declining water quality. The group aims to re-establish local riparian species. The project sites area high profile and it is hoped that this project will inspire local landholders to undertake similar activities.

On completion of the project, volunteers will have revegetated almost 6 hectares of land, planted 6,000 trees and protected half a hectare of remnant vegetation building about 3 kilometres of fencing.

New Project

Catchment: Macquarie River
Project title: Macquarie River Green Corridor
Funding: $33,683

Project: The Macquarie River Green Corridor group, comprising Dubbo Tidy Towns, Dubbo Field Naturalists and Dubbo City Council's Environmental Alliance, will protect and enhance remnant vegetation and improve wildlife habitat, particularly the Glossy Black Cockatoo.

Revegetation activities will link stands of remnant vegetation along the banks of the Macquarie River, forming an almost continuous vegetation corridor through Dubbo. The project also aims to improve water quality through activities directed at reducing current levels of erosion and sedimentation.

On completion of the project, the volunteers will have revegetate 5 hectares of land, planted about 4,000 trees, protected 5 hectares of remnant vegetation and built about 5 kilometres of fencing.

Project Expansion

Catchment: Hunter River (Williams River sub-catchment)
Project title: Barrington Gateways
Funding: $30,000

Project: This project will build on the activities funded in Stage I of the National Corridors of Green program. Project activities will continue to link significant areas of existing vegetation across sub- catchments and along regionally important river systems including the Williams River.

New Project

Catchment: Macquarie River
Project title: Windburndale Corridor Extensions
Funding: $13,000

Project: The project will target the declining quality of the river system. Revegetation and protection activities will target badly eroded creeks adjoining the Windburndale Rivulet. On completion of the project, the consortium will have revegetated 6 hectares of land, established an estimated 2,000 trees, protected 10 hectares of remnant vegetation and erected about 5 kilometres of fencing.

A local Green Corp team will contribute about $5,000 worth of labour to the project.

Victoria

New Project

Catchment: Hopkins River
Project title: The Glenthompson Catchment Group Project
Funding: $26,002

Project: The Glenthompson Catchment Group is focusing on preventing the fragmentation and decline of native vegetation within the Hopkins River Basin. Other environmental problems within the Basin, associated with the loss of vegetation include:

The long-term objective of the volunteers is to join the Grampians National Park and the Hopkins River through the establishment of several corridors of remnant or re- - established vegetation. Volunteers hope to link native vegetation stands between Scrubby Hill and the Hopkins River.

On completion of the project the volunteers will have revegetated 44 hectares of land, planted about 44,000 trees and shrubs and protected 20 hectares of remnant vegetation. About 20 kilometres of fencing will be built.

New Project

Catchment: Hopkins River
Project title: The Mount Emu Creek Revegetation Project
Funding: $30,000

Project: The primary environmental problems to be addressed include:

The volunteers plan to raise community awareness about sustainable management practices for the protection and enhancement of the existing plant and animal communities along the waterways of the catchment.

On completion of the first stage of the project the volunteers will have planted 26,000 trees and shrubs and built about 24 kilometres of fencing.

Project Expansion

Catchment: Hopkins River
Project title: Junction Corridor of Green Project - Stage II
Funding: $33,461

Project: Project activities will continue to focus on the revegetation and protection of 50 hectares of the banks of the Hopkins River and its tributaries resulting in about 24 kilometres of habitat corridors.

Project Expansion

Catchment: Hopkins River
Project title: Upper Hopkins Corridor Project - Stage II
Funding: $27,000

Project: Activities will continue to focus on creating a corridor network within the catchment by protecting and revegetating 100 hectares of river bank and rural land.

Tasmania

New Project

Catchment: Upper South Esk
Project title: Upper South Esk Corridor of Green
Funding: $91,158

Project: Volunteers aim to preserve the region's biological diversity through the protection of remnant vegetation, setting up a seedbank of tree and understorey species and the implementation of better land management practices.

The Upper South Esk Corridor of Green group aims to raise community awareness about the region's environmental problems and encourage the community to accept responsibility for the effective management of their natural resources.

On completion of the project, the group will have revegetated 23 hectares of land, planted about 17,000 trees and shrubs and protected 207 hectares of remnant vegetation using about 22 kilometres of fencing.

South Australia

New Project

Catchment: Broughton River
Project title: Broughton River
Funding: $56,536

Project: The extensive removal of the region's native vegetation has contributed to the severe erosion and salinity problems currently experienced within the catchment. The proposed project will focus on creek banks and roadsides, and the protection and enhancement of remnant vegetation. This project is one of several projects currently underway within the region which will eventually form part of a corridor of green linking Gawler and Quorn. On completion of the project, volunteers will have revegetated 80 hectares of land, planted about 150,000 trees and shrubs and protected 20 hectares of land using about 40 kilometres of fencing.

Project expansion

Catchment: Broughton River
Project title: Caltowie Corridors of Green - Stage II
Funding: $20,865

Project: The project activities will continue to focus on the rehabilitation of two severely eroded creeks, the Appila and Brauer. The revegetation and vegetation protection activities proposed as an extension to the project will establish a 25 kilometre corridor of native vegetation that will link Appila Springs with the Rocky River.

Northern Territory

Project Expansion

Catchment: Rapid Creek
Project title: Rapid Creek
Funding: $48,977

Project: This project will build on activities funded in Stage I of the National Corridors of Green program. Activities will continue to focus on the protection and management of remnant vegetation within the catchment following the Rapid Creek Management Plan. On completion of the project, volunteers will have revegetated 13 hectares of land, planted about 6,000 trees, protected 340 hectares of remnant vegetation and built about 17 kilometres of fencing.

Project Expansion

Catchment: Mitchell Creek
Project title: Palmerston Adopt a Park
Funding: $25,321

Project: This project will build on activities funded in the first phase of the National Corridors of Green program. The Palmerston Adopt a Park group will continue to develop a broad community appreciation, knowledge and expertise in bushland management, corridor establishment, direct seeding and wise natural resource use. On the completion of the project the group will have revegetated 4 hectares of land, planted about 7,000 trees and protected 200 hectares of remnant vegetation.

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