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


10 September 1998

Prime Minister, John Howard, today announced 491 Natural Heritage Trust projects for Victoria worth more than $41 million as part of the first round for 1998/99.

Federal Primary Industries and Energy Minister, John Anderson, and Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, said that these projects would support Victorian communities working to protect and restore our land and rivers and wildlife habitats.

"94 projects worth almost $16 million will support the Howard/Fischer government's efforts to restore the Murray-Darling basin as part of the Murray-Darling 2001 initiative," Mr Anderson said.

"We are also supporting 22 Rivercare projects worth more than $1 million which will help protect Victorian rivers outside the Murray-Darling.

"Landcare will receive a major boost with 146 projects worth more than 15.4 million receiving support.

"Our efforts to encourage farm forestry on private land will also be boosted with support for 20 projects worth $1.2 million. The development of commercial farm forests is a real win for both farmers and the environment - it provides farmers with a new economic resource and also leads to revegetation of parts of our land," Mr Anderson said.

Senator Hill said that 180 Bushcare projects worth almost $6 million will be supported in Victoria.

"The new Bushcare projects will plant more than 1.9 million trees and shrubs, revegetate over 7000 hectares of degraded land and protect around 24 000 hectares of remnant bush," Senator Hill said.

"They will also result in 2700 kilometres of new fencing.

"I am pleased that we will also be supporting four projects as part of our efforts to establish a comprehensive national reserve system. These projects will result in increased protection for native grassland - one of Australia's most vulnerable types of vegetation," Senator Hill said.

Thursday, September 10, 1998.
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