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JOINT STATEMENT

Federal Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson Federal Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill

DPIE97/87AJ 28 July 1997

$744,000 TO VICTORIAN LANDCARE

45 continuing community landcare projects in Victoria under the National Landcare Program (NLP) will receive continuing funding of $744,000 this financial year, the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Mr John Anderson, and the Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, said today.

The approval of continued funding for projects which commenced in 1995-96 and 1996-97 is in advance of the announcement of major new support for the environment and sustainable agriculture from the Natural Heritage Trust.

The Ministers said the early announcement of continued funding reflects the Government's commitment to refocus landcare priorities by allowing communities to make significant improvements to the management of land, water and native vegetation.

"The Natural Heritage Trust recognises that both our portfolios must work closely together if Australia's natural heritage is to be maintained and rehabilitated," Senator Hill said.

The Ministers reaffirmed the Commonwealth Government's strong commitment to rural Australia, landcare and increasing community involvement in conserving the environment.

"Farmers have a prime responsibility for managing the major proportion of Australia's land and water resources and the NLP is a vital part of this," they said.

The Ministers said that community grants for 1997-98 were still undergoing a comprehensive community-based assessment process and were expected to be announced in mid September.

"Our funding decisions show the importance the Coalition places on directly supporting practical action by community groups through the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust," Mr Anderson said.

Media inquiries:

Further inquiries:

Mr Anderson's office Darryl Hockey (06) 277 7520

Senator Hill's office Julie Marks (06) 277 7640

Last updated 28 July 1997.

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