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Monaro Remnant Native Grassland Project concludes.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 815 Published: 1/10/2002 Title: Monaro Remnant Native Grassland Project concludes

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, has congratulated individuals and organisations involved in the Monaro Remnant Native Grassland Project which has just wrapped up.

“The work done under the direction of the World Wide Fund For Nature and the Monaro Grasslands Advisory Committee has been excellent.

“With the weeds problem one of the biggest issues confronting the Monaro, conservation of the region’s landscape is vital,” he said.

The project commenced in 1996 after funding under the Federal Government’s Natural Heritage Trust (NHT).

Mr Nairn said, “More than $380,000 of NHT funding has been contributed to the project over the past six years.

“To get so many different sections of the local community involved in such a major conservation effort is fantastic.”

These include individual landholders, NSW Farmers, Landcare and catchment management groups, councils, Rural Lands Protection Boards, NPWS, DLWC, NSW Agriculture, Greening Australia, Snowy Hydro, Friends of Grasslands and WWF Australia.

Mr Nairn added so many achievements have been made through the project.

“A better recognition of the Monaro’s Grasslands, conservation management of 2300 hectares of public and private land, the establishment of public reserves, better education and a platform to set up a long-term Monaro Grassland Conservation Management Network.

“Everyone who played a role in the project, small or large, can feel extremely proud of the work carried out,” Mr Nairn concluded.

Ends…Tuesday, 1 October, 2002

Gary Nairn 6297 3952