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$37,401 in priority drought funding for Sunraysia.

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Wednesday, 07 May 2003


Thanks to the special $10 million Drought Recovery Round of the Australian Government Envirofund, two community groups in the Sunraysia region are today being offered $37,401 to help restore and protect our local environment from the savage affects of the drought.

Mr Forrest said, "This funding will help our local community groups take important practical action to protect our natural environment from degradation caused by the widespread and severe drought.

"The Millewa Carwarp Landcare Group will receive $27,273 for Integrated Rabbit Management in the Millewa Carwarp Landcare area. This will lead to an improvement in biodiversity and conservation values throughout the landcare area.

"The Bird Observers Club of Australia will receive $10,128 for the protection of Remnant Mallee Vegetation. The project will fence 3.7 km in the Castles Crossing Bushland Reserve to prevent grazing by feral animals and stock, following the eviction of all exotic animals. The Reserve is a good example of Blear Woodland. It provides habitat for some migratory birds such as the Regent Parrot. Some vegetation monitoring plots will be established.

"It is essential to support communities in their efforts to develop local solutions to local environmental and natural resource management challenges.

"In fact, this is the very essence of the Australian Government Envirofund - harnessing the local knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of community groups like Millewa Carwarp Landcare and Bird Observers Club of Australia to help our local environment and, in the case of the Drought Recovery Round, to combat the effect drought is having on our community.

"Throughout the electorate of Mallee six groups have been granted $120,417. The initiative and efforts of these groups are to be congratulated and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these projects will deliver to our local environment", Mr Forrest said.

For a full list of the successful projects across the Wimmera Mallee, visit the Natural Heritage Trust website For more information on the Envirofund, visit the website