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

Joint Statement
Townsville Natural Heritage Trust Projects Unveiled

5 November 1997

The development of better land, water and resource management practices for Townsville's coastal plains is the major focus of two Natural Heritage Trust projects unveiled for the area today.

Jointly announcing the projects, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, and Federal Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay MP, says the Federal Government funding will generate almost $620,000 for the two important environmental projects.

Senator Macdonald said both important projects will be managed by the Townsville-Thuringowa Landcare Association.

"The first project, with a total project cost of $339,250, will involve developing integrated land and water planning in Townsville coastal plains, identification and implementation of best land and water management practices, and provision of this information to all land and water managers.

"The second project will allocate $280,134 to the facilitation of sustainable management of natural resources in the Townsville coastal plains.

Peter Lindsay said that it was immensely satisfying for this area to be participating in what is the greatest environmental action plan undertaken in Australia's history.

"This approach of 'Thinking globally, acting locally' really sums up what the Natural Heritage Trust is all about. It provides a unique focus and maximises the benefit of efforts to not only protect and enhance our environment, and also maintain a viable agricultural sector.

"Environmental awareness should start in our own backyard, and we should be aware that what we do on our local land and waterways impacts on a much broader scale.

"Similarly, in caring for our local environment we ensure that the positive effects are felt further afield".

The Commonwealth Government will provide $75,000 funding with $544,384 contributed by the Townsville - Thuringowa Landcare Association and the Queensland Government.

Senator Macdonald says in addition to the two projects to be performed in the Townsville region, 373 other Natural Heritage Trust projects worth more than $22.6 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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