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Lyne environment benefits from $4.4 million in government grants.



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Joint Media Release Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage The Hon. Dr David Kemp & Federal Minister for Trade Federal Member for Lyne The Hon. Mark Vaile MP

27 October 2003

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Lyne Environment Benefits From $4.4 Million In Government Grants

The environment and natural resources in the Lyne electorate will be on the receiving end of over $2 million from the Australian Government through the $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

Visiting the Lyne electorate today, Environment and Heritage Minister, Dr David Kemp, said the $2 million, for 33 projects, is in addition to the $2.4 million already provided to Lyne for 78 environmental projects since 1996.

"The Trust has supported a range of on-ground activities in the Lyne electorate, including restoration and protection of remnant rainforest, establishment of wildlife corridors, management of effluent and wastewater, and acid sulfate soil rehabilitation," Dr Kemp said.

Mr Vaile said he was delighted the Federal Government was able to play a direct role in helping to fix local environmental problems.

"Thanks to the local community's ongoing community support, the Trust can continue to deliver environmental outcomes for this region for years to come."

The new projects to be funded are:

● $567,900 to increase the extent and quality of native vegetation by linking areas of

remnant vegetation and improving the quality of those remnants; ● $579,805 to improve water quality and riparian ecosystems by rehabilitating and securing

stream structure in identified areas (continuing to involve the community); ● $204,467 for acid sulfate soil remediation works in the Hastings, Camden Haven and

Macleay River catchments - to improve habitat for fish species, improve water quality flowing through floodplain wetlands, and better management of farm drainage systems; and ● $385,000 for strategic planning and data collection activities including soil landscape

mapping, rivercare planning, and a pilot project with the Aboriginal Land Council to

undertake a cultural and environmental inventory.

Also under the extra $2 million Trust funding, the Australian Government Envirofund has provided small grants to 29 community-based projects in Lyne this year. Three of these have been funded under a special Drought Recovery Round.

Some examples of Envirofund projects:

● $27,000 to the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council to re-establish traditional

bush foods in revegetation projects on Aboriginal land in the Macleay Valley; ● $22,200 to improve Manning Valley soil and water quality through implementation of a

dung beetle program; and ● $16,425 to stabilise and restore an area of active bank erosion along the Hastings River.

Some examples of projects already funded in the Lyne electorate include:

● $218,000 to link Hastings Council sewage treatment plants with the Camden Haven Golf

Course, minimising discharge of effluent to surface waterways; ● $86,500 for a devolved grant offering incentives for the protection and re-establishment of

native vegetation, including 40km of fencing, protection of 400ha of native vegetation and planting of 24,000 tubestock; ● $186,500 to address the issue of acid drainage from Partridge Creek catchment within the

Hastings River system; ● $567,900 to increase the extent and quality of native vegetation by linking areas of

remnant vegetation and improving the quality of those remnants; ● $204,467 for acid sulfate soil remediation works in the Hastings, Camden Haven and

Macleay River catchments, to improve habitat for fish species, water quality flowing through floodplain wetlands, and management of farm drainage systems.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 28-Oct-2003 09:16:15 EST