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Natural Heritage Trust

Joint Media Release
Wilson Tuckey, Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation
Senator Robert Hill, Federal Minister for the Environment

AFFA99/107TUJ
2 October 1999

TASMANIAN COMMUNITIES GET MORE NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST FUNDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WORKS


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

Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Wilson Tuckey, and Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, said today they had approved almost $14.5 million for 196 projects in Tasmania 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 projects supported in Tasmania under the Trust are:

Further inquiries:
Minister Tuckey's office Graeme Hallett 0419 688 440
Senator Hill's office Rod Bruem 0419 693 515 or 02 6277 7640
Commonwealth of Australia