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Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
David Hawker MP
Federal Member for Wannon

18 November 2004

$100,000 Australian Government support for Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area


A culturally and ecologically important area on the Mount Eccles lava flow in Victoria will receive $100,000 in funding from the Australian Government to assist in the management of Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).

Mr Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, congratulated Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation for its efforts in protecting and conserving Tyrendarra IPA for its natural and cultural values.

Mr Hunt said the proposed Lake Condah Heritage Area, of which Tyrendarra IPA is part, has the potential to achieve World Heritage listing.

"The foundations of more than 100 stone huts remain in the area and these are of international significance as evidence of a transition into sedentary living. The area also includes fish traps in the Lake Condah region with systems of canals and weirs representing major pre-colonial engineering works," Mr Hunt said.

Major projects covered under the IPA funding include implementing weed, feral animal and fire management strategies, training staff, upgrading fencing and constructing additional walking paths to the wetlands.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker MP, said IPAs helped to maintain spiritual, cultural and natural values of the land by the promotion of customary practices.

"Some of the most interesting work to be done at Tyrendarra in the coming year includes restoring the wetlands on the property by reinstating pre-European water management infrastructure and reactivating the Aboriginal constructed weirs and eel traps," Mr Hawker said.

"We look forward to working with the Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, to help conserve the existing biodiversity of the area and to restore parts of the natural ecosystem that have been seriously degraded."

The Indigenous Protected Areas program is a part of the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust, the largest ever commitment by an Australian Government to environmental management and sustainable agriculture.

"Indigenous landowners are being supported through the IPA program to manage their lands and protect the natural and cultural features in accordance with internationally recognised guidelines for the benefit of all Australians. Over eight years, the IPA program has added 13.8 million hectares of unique ecosystems to the National Reserve System," Mr Hunt said.

For further information on Indigenous Protected Areas, visit www.deh.gov.au/indigenous/ipa

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