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$282,716 in Commonwealth priority drought funding across Wimmera Mallee.



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Thursday, 27 March 2003

$282,716 IN COMMONWEALTH PRIORITY DROUGHT FUNDING ACROSS WIMMERA MALLEE

Thanks to the special $10 million Drought Recovery Round of the Australian Government Envirofund, eleven community groups in the Wimmera Mallee are today being offered $282,716 to help restore and protect our local environment from the savage affects of the drought.

John Forrest, Federal Member for Mallee, welcomed today's funding announcement.

"The $282,716 being offered to community groups in the Mallee electorate is part of over $3.3 million in priority funding from the $10 million Australian Government Envirofund's Drought Recovery Round for applications that were received before the end of January," 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."

Details of the great projects in our community that have been funded are attached.

"While recent rain is an encouraging sign, the problems are far from over and the on-ground environmental work that can now take place through these successful projects will help make sure we protect our local natural resources in the long-term'" Mr Forrest said.

"The Howard Government is committed to supporting 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 this in the Wimmera Mallee to help our local environment and, in the case of the Drought Recovery Round, to combat the effect drought is having on our community.

"I applaud the initiative and efforts of the groups in our community who have successfully secured funding and look forward to seeing the positive impact these project will deliver to our local environment.

The special $10 million Drought Recovery Round of the Howard Government's Envirofund is just one element of the package of Commonwealth measures totalling $900 million that are helping Australian communities affected by the drought.

The Envirofund is the community component of the Howard Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust, the largest environmental rescue effort ever delivered by any Australian Government. Through the Envirofund community groups can apply for grants from just a few hundred dollars up to $30,000 to

carry out on-ground actions to target local problems such as salinity, water quality, protection of native vegetation and coastal erosion.

The remaining $6.7 million of funding from this special Drought Recovery Round of the Australian Government Envirofund will be announced soon.