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Natural Heritage Trust

Media Release
Joint Statement by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and
West Australian Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes

COMMUNITY GROUPS RECEIVE $781 000 TRUST WINDFALL


19 June 1998

Bushcare grants of $781 000 make Western Australian community groups the big winners in a fresh round of Natural Heritage Trust funding.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Western Australian Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes announced in Perth today that the additional funding would go to 22 community groups.

Senator Hill said this round of trust funding represented a significant investment by the Federal Government in the State's environmental future.

"A total of $27.3 million in trust funds had gone to WA this financial year.

"Most of the groups will use the funds to increase the quality and extent of bushland in urban as well as rural areas of the State," Senator Hill said.

"The trust's aim, to fund on-ground community group projects, is reflected in this latest instalment of funding.

"The projects range from a $209 076 Nyabing-Pingrup Land Conservation District Committee remnant vegetation plan in the Lake Chinocup Catchment to a $2 500 grant for the Landsdale Farm School to protect local native plants and animals."

Mrs Edwardes welcomed the additional trust funding and said it would help the many community groups who were working to restore WA's valuable bushland.

"The projects being funded by the trust are undertaken by hard working community groups, who are making a huge contribution to addressing serious issues such as vegetation loss," she said.

"This additional funding will build on the huge number of environmental action projects that have already received trust funding here in WA.

"Sixteen community groups from metropolitan Perth and regional centres, including Bunbury, Albany and eight southern rural towns undertaking a reserves project, will share $342 072.

"Six rural groups and a shire council will receive $439 755 to carry out revegetation work from the remote north-east of the State to the Great Southern region."

The funding for projects in WA is assessed at both a regional and State level before final approval by the Natural Heritage Trust Ministerial board.

List of projects

19 June 1998

Media contacts:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 0414 693 515
Nicole Trigwell (Mrs Edwardes) 0413 051 072

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