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Media Release

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

Queensland Benefits from World Wetlands Day

2 February 1998

It is World Wetlands Day (Mon 2 Feb) and six sites in Queensland have been recognised as significant national wetlands under Federal Government funding allocations.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Queensland Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald, said two of the projects at either end of the State involve shorebirds.

"Site specific management plans and a public education program will be developed to protect and promote the importance of shorebird roosts and feeding sites in Moreton Bay. That has been allocated $89 000," Senator Macdonald said.

"Further surveys of shorebirds in the Gulf of Carpentaria worth $120 000 will also be funded.

"This will aid progress toward nominating the area for a marine park and listing on the international register of wetlands, otherwise known as the Ramsar convention."

Senator Macdonald said western and central Queensland were also recognised with a regional land management strategy for the Brigalow belt and the Lake Eyre Catchment Management Regional Initiative.

"We are keen on the regional land management strategy proposed for the rich Brigalow areas of Queensland and are contributing $20 000 to that end," he said.

"Another $10 000 is going to the Lake Eyre project. The integrated catchment management strategy effects a large parts of the state, from Hughenden in the north to Windorah and Birdsville.

"These are all co-funded with States. Others in Queensland like the Tyto Wetlands project, involving the restoration of a degraded wetland near Ingham, are solely funded by the Commonwealth.That project has received $15 000."

Senator Macdonald said another, involving a general inventory and management plan of the Tarradarrapin Creek wetlands in the Brisbane suburb of Birkdale, has been granted $2700.

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