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Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment


5 November 1997

The Federal Government has announced major funding for North Queensland rivers which will enhance and protect the region's waterways.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, today announced that Federal Government funding to the North Queensland Rivers Trust Association will generate over $2.2 million for the crucial environmental project.

"This project, with a total project cost of $2,206,754, will work to enhance North Queensland waterways to optimise their bed and bank stability, aquatic ecology, aesthetic amenity, flood mitigation and economic potential

"It's immensely satisfying for this region to be participating in what is the greatest environmental action plan undertaken in Australia's history.

"The Coalition has listened to community groups who requested that the Government spend more money on practical, on ground projects at the local level.

"This approach provides a unique focus and maximises the benefit from efforts to protect and enhance our environment, and also maintain a viable agricultural sector.

"The Commonwealth Government will provide $206,754 with $2,000,000 being contributed by River Trusts and the Queensland Government".

Senator Macdonald says in addition to this project 373 other Natural Heritage Trust projects worth more than $22.6 million will commence right across the state.

"This all out 'environmental assault' was made possible by the sale of one third of Telstra, and is part of the $1.25 billion the Howard Government committed to the environment through the Natural Heritage Trust.

"The partnerships generated by the Natural Heritage Trust between everyone in our community, from Government to individuals, we enable us to protect our environment and provide a better tomorrow for future generations".

Wednesday, 5 November, 1997

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