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Joint Statement by Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill, and
WA Minister for the Environment, Cheryl Edwardes
15 March 1998 (25/98)
Efforts to increase the quality and extent of bushland in Western Australia have stepped up a gear with the announcement today of increased funding from the Natural Heritage Trust.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Primary Industries and Energy Minister John Anderson have approved a further $163 500 from the Trust's Bushcare program for bushland restoration projects in WA.
Four new Bushcare projects are being supported while five existing Bushcare and joint Bushcare-Landcare projects are receiving extra funding.
Senator Hill says the Trust funding will prompt more on-ground action to protect and restore native vegetation in areas including Coolup and Clifton in the south-west of the State.
"The latest instalment of Trust funding for WA will assist groups such as the Flowery Patch Catchment Group and Ellen Brook Integrated Catchment Group work in their local regions," Senator Hill said.
"The funding is shared between community groups and government organisations and, in keeping with the job creation aim of the Trust, will support the employment of a Bushcare coordinator for the State.
"This brings the total amount of Natural Heritage Trust funding for Western Australia this financial year to $23.67 million, which represents a significant investment by the Federal Government.
"The top-up funding for five projects follows the reconsideration of several applications after the groups involved provided further information and met the requirements of Trust projects."
The additional Trust funding has been welcomed by the WA Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes.
"Western Australia has some of the most magnificent landscapes in Australia, yet we are also affected by extensive land clearing, which has reduced the cover of vegetation in many parts of the State," Mrs Edwardes said.
"The projects being funded through the Trust, supported by the will of many Western Australians to pitch in for their local community, will make a huge contribution to addressing issues such as vegetation loss.
"The funding for projects in WA is assessed through a transparent process, at a regional and State level, and this additional funding will build on the huge number of environmental action projects that have already received Trust funding.
"It is a fact that without the support of the Federal Government through the Trust, many of these projects would not see the light of day."
March 15, 1998.
Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 0419 693 515 or 02 6277 7640
Nicole Trigwell (Mrs Edwardes) 018 906 948 or 08 9421 7777
A project list follows.
Joint Bushcare -- National Landcare projects
Project Project Coordinator Funds Description Coolup: Preserve Our Heritage Coolup Land $12 500 The revegetation project will involve seed planting and the -- Preserve Our Future Conservation rehabilitation of wetlands. District Committee Implementation and Ellen Brook $24 000 Landholders in the Ellen Brook Catchment will be provided Development of the Ellen Integrated Catchment with support to refine site plans in on-ground remedial Brook Catchment Action Plan Group work.
Bushcare projects with increased funding
Project Project Coordinator Funds Description Walellemining Catchment Walellemining $2380 The project involves the management of groundwater recharge Linkups Catchment Group and discharge and the protection and enhancement of native flora and fauna in the catchment area. Chamberlains and Batchelors Gnowangerup Land $2125 Fences will be erected to exclude livestock from fresh wetlands enhancement project Conservation waterways that feed into the Chamberlains and Batchelor District Committee wetlands.
Monjingup Nature Reserve -- Lake Monjingup $7200 The group will rehabilitate 30ha of bushland that were stage II rehabilitation Development degraded by pastoral activities over a 10-year period project Community Group
New Bushcare Projects
Bushcare coordinator for Department of $89 550 The coordinator will oversee the implementation of WA Western Australia Conservation and Bushcare projects. Land Management Nungarin Shire Reserve Nungarin Shire $6700 The council will revegetate a degraded shire reserve. Revegetation Project Council Clifton Community Reserve Clifton Community $6380 The committee will revegetate the Clifton Park community Revegetation Project Reserve Management reserve. Committee Flowery Patch Creek Flowery Patch $12 836 The group will plant local native trees and understorey Revegetation Catchment Group plants to revegetate the creek that runs from the Flowery Patch Creek Reserve to the East Mortlock River.