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Two projects in Murrumbidgee catchment to receive further funding.



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15 June 2006 TWO PROJECTS IN MURRUMBIDGEE CATCHMENT TO RECEIVE FURTHER FUNDING The Nationals Member for Riverina, Kay Hull, has welcomed the announcement of two projects to protect the environment and improve agricultural resources in the Riverina. Mrs Hull said the projects were announced as part of a $21 million package and the 49 projects would soon be underway across NSW. “The Murrumbidgee CMA’s Bidgee Bush Boundaries project will receive federal government funding of $210,000 for 2006-07 which is in addition to the $210,000 allocated for 2005-06, bringing the total for the project to $420,000. The Wiradjuri and Ngunawal Country - River Restoration With Traditional Owners project will receive $64,000 in federal government funding in 2006-07 bringing its total funding over the four year period to $128,000,” Mrs Hull said. “The Bidgee Bush Boundaries project includes the protection, enhancement, regeneration of local native species, minimising land degradation, weed invasion, subdivision and wildfire. “The Wiradjuri and Ngunawal Country River Restoration project involves fencing to promote the regeneration and planting to improve biodiversity and condition of regionally endangered riparian vegetation communities. It also includes providing Indigenous communities with the knowledge, skills and confidence to implement biodiversity management and developing partnerships between local Indigenous communities and land managers to improve riparian biodiversity richness.” The Strategic Reserve funding goes to the Catchment Management Authorities where the projects fall and to agencies that are collaborating with Catchment Management Authorities to deliver on state wide priorities. The funding comprises $8.5 million from the Australian Government’s $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust and $12.5 million in joint funding from the Australian and NSW Governments’ National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality. For more information on the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality visit www.nrm.gov.au (End) For further information contact Rosie Ellis on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.