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Media Release The Hon Dr Sharman Stone Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage Federal Member for Murray

12 December 2003

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$6 Million for Glenelg Hopkins Region

The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority's $6 million investment strategy will be launched tomorrow by the Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Heritage.

The Glenelg-Hopkins region is one of the first regions in Australia to have its natural resource management investment strategy approved by the Australian and Victorian Governments and Dr Stone congratulated David Hawker, Member for Wannon, for his continued support and commitment to natural resource management.

"This regional strategy will improve the environment, the health of the rivers and the agricultural industry in the Glenelg-Hopkins area," Dr Stone said.

"The Glenelg Hopkins region falls within one of Australia's biodiversity hotspots.

"One priority area for the region will be to protect nationally threatened species such as the Orange-bellied Parrot, the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and the Corangamite Water Skink.

"Community volunteers and a recovery team will improve the feeding and breeding habitats of these threatened species with an aim to reduce their status from endangered to vulnerable within 20 years.

"A minimum of 500 hectares of stringybark and 500 hectares of buloke will also be protected.

"As well, funds to map significant areas of native vegetation in three local government shires will also be provided to collect valuable data for local planning and decision making."

Dr Stone said another priority area for the region is to improve waterway health and water quality.

"Nutrients and sediments reaching the Glenelg, Wannon and Hopkins rivers will be reduced to help reach water quality targets for turbidity (cloudiness) and nitrogen levels.

"There will also be close examination of options to maximise the limited allocation of environmental flows and make best use of water savings from the proposed Winnera Mallee pipeline."

Dr Stone said the Glenelg Hopkins region has strong regional and community representation including local governments, water authorities, Landcare groups, environmental representatives and universities, and well as the wider community.

"This funding will allow the whole community to begin implementing their vision for protecting and improving their natural resources," Dr Stone said.

Dr Stone said the funding is part of the $2.7 billion Australian Government's Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) program, the Australian Government's biggest environment rescue program, and the $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, a joint initiative of the Australian Government with the States and Territories.

Approved investment for National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and Natural Heritage Trust programs in the Glenelg-Hopkins region, 2003-04

Activities NAP NHT

Sand Slug Management in the Glenelg River system - to prevent further sand entering the system and manage existing sand and sediments loads $719,500

Community Engagement in Regional Water Activities/Monitoring (including waterwatch) $216,500

Water Quality Program - Best Practice Management of Dairy Effluent (to gain 100% compliance for dairy effluent disposal) $374,600

Responsible Use of Nutrients on Farm (assessment of impacts of application of nutrients on local water systems) $200,000

Program to manage and contain Carp within Glenelg River $30,000

Assessment of Options to Maximise Environmental Flows in Glenelg River $212,000

Determine Best Practice Management of Nutrients on steep hills to prevent runoff $176,000

Protection and enhancement of G6-Glenelg River Grampians Headwaters Sub-catchment river reaches to reduce sediment/nutrient inflows $54,000

Hamilton Urban Stormwater treatment, wetland and riparian site development $416,400

Protection and Enhancement of H11 Upper Fiery Creek & Sub-catchments (to reduce sediment/nutrient inflows and enhance in-stream habitat) $48,000

Protect and enhance G10- Wannon River-Dwyers Creek to Falls Sub-catchment river reaches (to reduce sediment/nutrient inflows and enhance in-stream habitat)

$61,200

Implementation of the Recovery Plan for the Corangamite Water Skink $29,000

Implement National Recovery Plan and Fauna and Flora Action Statements for the Orange Bellied Parrot

$29,000

Implementing the Recovery Plan for the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo. The project involves community volunteers and Recovery Team personnel to improve feeding and breeding habitat for the RTBC

$28,000

Implement the Recovery Plansfor Striped Legless Lizard and the Threatened Orchids

$75,000

Implementing the National Recovery Plan for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot $41,000

Threatened & Other Species Habitat Protection on Griffith Island (including for Orange Bellied Parrot, visiting marine bird species, Red Necked Wallaby, Pacific Gulls, Ruddy Turnstones).

$35,000

Biodiversity Action Planning for Central Victorian Uplands Bioregion & Warrnambool Bioregion (priority salinity sub-catchments) $120,000

Incentives for Landholders for undertaking on-ground dryland salinity management works $400,000

Regional Coastcare Facilitator and Southern Bent Wing Bat. $52,000

Risk Assessment for Coast and Marine issues in GH CMA $25,000

Formulation of an Estuary Management Plan for the Portland Basin $100,800 $63,400

Landcare support to implement the regional catchment strategy $284,000 $276,000

Integrated Communications in the Glenelg Region to build community NRM capacity $195,000

Leveraging external investment funding to achieve increased NAP outcomes $164,000

Salinity Plan Coordinator $90,000

Regional Bushcare Facilitator $39,000 $39,000

Asset Identification and Management of on ground investments $198,000

Protecting Remnant Vegetation to Improve Salinity, Water Quality and Biodiversity. This project works across the Region in partnership with the Trust For Nature field officer.

$30,000

A systems approach to Implementing Improved Salinity and Water Quality on Farms $60,000

Regional Fishcare Coordinator $25,000

Complete the mapping of biodiversity assets across the region covering the shires of Ararat, Upper Wimmera and Northern Grampians $66,000

Quantification of future changes in groundwater on the Basalt Plains including changes in water table, storage, transport, discharge of salts to better target works in 3000ha of salt affected land and provide data to assist target setting for dryland salinity and surface water salinity.

$150,000

Development of a Glenelg Hopkins Soil Action Plan to better manage soils to provide scientific data for setting actions and targets. $70,000

NAP Coordination and Investment Plan preparation $172,000

Groundwater Flow Systems Research for target setting to provide better information on impacts and effects of groundwater flow systems which will assist target setting

$450,000

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for Salinity, collate and compile all monitoring data, analyse and evaluate the data quality. $48,000

Water Quality Monitoring and Evaluation Projects for Glenelg Hopkins Region $102,000