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Natural Heritage Trust

Media Release
Joint Statement by Federal Minister for the Environment Robert Hill and
World Wide Fund for Nature Australia Chief Executive Officer David Butcher


21 November 1998

A million dollar grants program funded under the Natural Heritage Trust to encourage community groups to assist in the recovery of more than 1400 threatened species has been announced today by the Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill.

Senator Hill says the initial sum of $1 million will be provided over two years to a Threatened Species Network community grants program.

"The Threatened Species Network, supported jointly by Environment Australia and the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia, assists local communities in their conservation efforts for nationally threatened animals and plants.

"The wide variety of community groups assisted by the network will soon receive funds to begin projects aimed at reducing the threats to populations of nationally listed endangered species, or threatened ecological communities."

Announcing the first call for applications for the Threatened Species Network Community Grants, World Wide Fund for Nature Australia Chief Executive Officer David Butcher says local communities will play a very important role in helping to bring species back from the brink of extinction.

"There are some inspiring examples from around Australia of dedicated individuals and community groups working in their local areas to remove threats to and restore the habitat of threatened species such as malleefowl, tiger quoll, perennial blown grass and Mary River cod.

"These grants should allow us to build on this solid record.

"Incorporated community groups can apply for up to $50 000 for projects such as habitat restoration, weed and feral animal control, population surveys and monitoring, fencing, and fire management."

Applications for this round of the Threatened Species Network Community Grants close on January 6, 1999.

Anyone interested in applying for funding can contact the World Wide Fund for Nature on 1800 251 573.

Saturday, November 21, 1998.

Further information:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill's office) 0414 0414 693 515 or 02 6277 7640
David Kay (Environment Australia) 02 6250 0240 (bh)
Dr David Butcher (World Wide Fund for Nature Australia) 02 9299 6656 (bh) 015 941 968 (ah)

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