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Natural Heritage Trust

Joint Media Release

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport
and Regional Services, John Anderson
and
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill

1 October 1999

$48 MILLION FOR NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST IN NSW


Community groups throughout New South Wales will benefit significantly from additional funding from the Federal Government's $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson and the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill, today announced more than $48 million for 833 projects in NSW for 1999-2000.

"This is the third year the Trust has funded community groups for on-ground works with the dual goals of sustainable agriculture and conservation of Australia's unique biological diversity," the Ministers said.

"Success of the Natural Heritage Trust depends heavily on strong community involvement in identifying local environmental and natural resource management problems, developing local solutions and getting on with the job with a minimum of government interference.

"We are delighted with the commitment that local communities are demonstrating through Trust-funded projects already being undertaken, and with the number of new applications. This clearly demonstrates the success of the Government's approach in helping communities to address their local issues.

"In addition, the Federal Government has committed a further $250 million bringing its total investment in environmental works through the Natural Heritage Trust to $1.5 billion."

The Ministers said the quality and number of community applications for Trust funding was a massive endorsement of the Trust and built on the results achieved in the first two years of its operation.

"Many community groups have reapplied for further funding and have provided excellent models for new groups committed to working for a better environment," they said.

Examples of the projects are attached.

Andrew Hall 0419 996 766
Rod Bruem 0419 693 515 or 02 6277 7640

Commonwealth of Australia