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NHT commits a further $0.95 million to better surface and groundwater management.



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DAFF05/002WT - 6 January 2004

NHT commits a further $0.95 million to better surface and groundwater management

The Australian Government will invest a further $954,000 over two years through the Natural Heritage Trust to develop ways to better manage surface and groundwater resources, Australian Agriculture Minister Warren Truss announced today.

"Water often flows between surface and groundwater systems, and the Connected Water Resources project will give policy makers, water managers and catchment groups a better understanding of groundwater-surface water interactions," Mr Truss said.

"The Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) is undertaking the project to help integrate management of surface and groundwater resources and will test the tools and methodologies developed under the program in two catchments-the Border-Rivers catchment that crosses from NSW into Queensland, and the Lower Richmond catchment in NSW.

"This will contribute to more productive and efficient water resource management, as well as benefiting the environment.

"The Government provided $370,000 for this project in 2003-04, bringing its total commitment over three years to $1.3 million," Mr Truss said.

"The benefits will include better water allocations to the environment and water users, greater certainty and security of allocations, and better understanding of the impacts of water resource developments.

"The project will support the aims of the National Water Initiative agreed by COAG last month by improving the productivity, sustainability and efficiency of Australia's water use."

Further media inquiries:

Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead - 02 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433

http://www.maff.gov.au/releases/05/05002WT.html

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