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Grants for environmental research in Western Australia



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NEWS RELEASE Άη MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENT 16 OCTOBER, 1984

GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, Barry Cohen, today announced 66 new Australian Biological Resources Study Research Grants for 1985 with a total value of $864,000.

In awarding the Grants the Minister said it was pleasing that it had been possible to increase the allocation to the Program by 8%. He said that this was the first real increase for ABRS Siince the 1980-81 Budget and was an indication of the Government's

support for environmental research.

The Minister noted that it had been possible to award grants to all the states and to the Capital Territory with the disbursement of funds being as follows:

Mr Cohen said that the projects covered a great variety of biological research.

In Western Australia, the National Banksia Atlas, directed by Dr Stephen Hopper, has been awarded $46,060 for the second year of the project. The project, which will map the distribution of each species of Banksia in Australia, is being carried out by over 400 amateurs interested in Australia's native flora.

Dr Alex Baynes, of the Western Australian Museum, has received $39,339 for his work on mapping the distribution of the native mammals of Western Australia in the period immediately prior to white settlement. This data will supply a sound basis for

examining the effect of recent changes in the environment on the distribution of wildlife.

N.S.W Vic. Old S.A. W. A.

Tas.

$ 123,056 • 202,362

A.C.T. (incl. CSIRO work in States) Overseas

92,936 95,961 184,517 15,000 144,902

5,250