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Ros Kelly Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories

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FEDERAL MINISTER SUPPORTS NATIONAL CONCERN OVER BUSH

Calmsley Hill City Farm , D arling Street, Abbotsbury 10.00 a.m., Friday 31 Jan u a ry 1992

Thousands of city and country people will have their actions to safeguard local bushland supported by the Commonwealth Government this year. They have initiated hundreds of plans to protect their local species of native plants and animals. . . .

The Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories, Mrs Ros Kelly, today announced a new series of national Save the Bush grants totalling $1,112,548.

In response to increasing community interest, funding for the Save the Bush grants program has nearly doubled this year. Australia-wide, 149 projects will be funded.

In NSW alone there will be 32 projects worth over $207,000 in Sydney and country areas.

The grants will assist local councils, schools, landcare groups and other community-based groups undertake a range of activities including on-ground management, public education and flora/fauna surveys.

’Many of Australia’s unique plants arid wildlife are under siege’, Mrs Kelly said. The small patches of native vegetation remaining are in many cases their last habitats.’

Media representatives are invited to join Mrs Kelly on an inspection of ridge-top bushland that will focus on one of the new grants. Four wheel drive vehicles will be available.

F u rth er inform ation (including access map):

Garrie Hutchinson, Minister’s office, (06) 277 7640 Callum McEachern, Save the Bush program, (06) 250 9552

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