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$2.1m for salinity and water quality projects in Victoria.



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Monday, 24 March 2003

$2.1M FOR SALINITY AND WATER QUALITY PROJECTS IN VICTORIA

John Forrest Member for Mallee welcomed today's announcement of a further $2.1 million under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality helping to address salinity and water issues throughout the Wimmera Mallee.

The decision was announced today by the Federal Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp; Federal Agriculture Minister, Warren Truss; and the Victorian Minister for Environment, John Thwaites.

The funding is in addition to $49.8 million provided in the last two years for 58 projects in Victoria from the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAPSWQ).

The Commonwealth and Victorian Government are jointly spending more than $304 million over seven years on the State's four priority regions. These regions are covered by six catchment management authorities, including Lower Murray (Mallee CMA and Wimmera CMA) and Avoca-Loddon-Campaspe (North Central CMA).

Mr Forrest said the Wimmera Mallee's catchment strategies in catchment regions funded by the NAPSWQ are due to be completed over the next few months and would form the backbone of National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality activities in this area.

"This additional funding will go a long way to helping regional communities to continue the very important work on the crucial issues of salinity and water quality in the Wimmera Mallee," Mr Forrest said.

For further details on the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, visit the website: www.napswq.gov.au.