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$1.276,345 for environmental projects in Central West.



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Sandy Macdonald National Party Senator for NSW 27 June 2003

$1,276,345 for environmental projects in Central West The Central West will receive $1,276,345 as part of the $20.5 million in Federal Government funding for regional environmental projects under the second phase of the Natural Heritage Trust program, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“The funding is to be matched by the NSW Government and will go towards major environmental work targeting native vegetation, dryland salinity, threatened species and river and coastal health,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The projects funded were perfect examples of locally based initiatives supported by government to protect the environment and sustain regional communities,” he said.

“The Commonwealth and State Governments have recognised the need to address these issues in the Central West and they support the efforts of local communities to do this.”

“The Natural Heritage Trust is driven by regional plans that are developed and implemented by local communities across Australia and supported by Government and the best available science to improve natural resources management on a regional scale.

“The Commonwealth Government’s bilateral agreement with NSW will deliver $64 million for environmental and sustainable agriculture funding in the State over the next three years as part of the Commonwealth’s $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust Program nationally.”

“Community engagement is an essential part of the planning process and the regional groups will be consulting widely,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The Central West is among more than 60 natural resource management regions identified across Australia and a natural resource management plan will be developed, and funded, for each,” Senator Macdonald said.

More information about the Natural Heritage Trust is available at: www.nht.gov.au

Central West projects are listed over the page.

Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 0427 570 506

$320,000 - Lachlan Salinity Recharge Identification and Investigations Project This project will develop a groundwater flow monitoring system in high priority areas of the catchment. Works will include installation of monitoring equipment, soil surveys, regolith mapping, electro-magnetic mapping and a hydro-geological survey. The outcome will enable improved land management of recharge zones. Major Regional Centre/s: Crookwell, Boorowa, Blayney, Cowra, Young, Grenfell, Forbes, Parkes, West Wyalong, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Hillston, Ivanhoe.

$95,000 - Benchmarking Community Attitudes towards Natural Resource Management within the Lachlan Catchment This project is designed to collect essential baseline social data to ensure that all elements of the Catchment Blueprint can be strategically addressed. It will build community capacity, assess social conditions, trends, policy impacts and tradeoffs to enable investments to be appropriately targeted. Major Regional Centre/s: Crookwell, Boorowa, Blayney, Cowra, Young, Grenfell, Forbes, Parkes, West Wyalong, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Hillston, Ivanhoe.

$338,900 - Identification and Assessment of Degradation and Threatening Processes to Aquatic and Riparian Areas in the Lachlan Catchment. This project will identify priority sites along stream and gully networks for future landholder rehabilitation works. This will lead to better native riparian vegetation management and an improved understanding of threats to aquatic habitat.

Major Regional Centre/s: Crookwell, Boorowa, Blayney, Cowra, Young, Grenfell, Forbes, Parkes, West Wyalong, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Hillston, Ivanhoe.

$219,800 - Foundation Building for Strategic Investment in Vegetation Management at a Landscape Scale - Lachlan Catchment This project will identify priority habitat areas that are critical to ecosystem function or are under threat. It will assess the extent, condition and status and contribute to identifying a network of publicly owned land that can be managed for conservation. Major Regional Centre/s: Crookwell, Boorowa, Blayney, Cowra, Young, Grenfell, Forbes, Parkes, West Wyalong, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Hillston, Ivanhoe

$82,845 - Development and Piloting of an Effective Integrated Property Management Plan (IPMP) Template for use by Land Managers within the Central West Catchment of NSW.

The project will develop tools to develop Property Management Plans that will guide landholders in effective and sustainable conservation of natural resources. A property plan accreditation process will be developed and it will be trialed on 10 local properties.

Major Regional Centre/s: Bathurst, Rhylstone, Mudgee, Coolah, Dunedoo, Dubbo, Narromine, Peak Hill, Orange, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Warren, Nyngan.

$219,800 - Foundation Building for Strategic Investment in Vegetation Management at a Landscape Scale - Central West Catchment This project will collect critical baseline data on vegetation communities, their location, extent and current status. This data will enable the Catchment Management Board to prioritise conservation activities and work with the community to develop partnerships in managing public and private land. Major Regional Centre/s: Bathurst, Rhylstone, Mudgee, Coolah, Dunedoo, Dubbo, Narromine, Peak Hill, Orange, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Warren, Nyngan.