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$10 million for research and development in South Australia.



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DAFF04/136WTJ - 19 May 2004

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation, John

Hill

$10 million for research and development in South Australia

A $10 million funding package approved by the Australian and South Australian Governments is expected to leverage around $20 million for natural resource management research and development activities, primarily in South Australia.

Australian Government Ministers for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, and the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, together with South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Hill, announced the in-principle $10 million funding today.

From that $10 million package, $4.3 million will go towards five high priority projects.

Funding from these activities will be drawn from the $1.4 billion National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality, a joint initiative of the Australian Government with State and Territory governments.

Mr Truss said the funding would be managed through the Centre for Natural Resource Management, established by the Australian and South Australian Governments in 2003 to broker NRM-based research and development identified as being of the highest priority by the South Australian regional NRM groups.

"This package complements the $25.7 million funding announced in February for the five National Action Plan regions of South Australia for a range of on-ground activities and other work to implement the NRM priorities set out in the regional NRM groups' regional plans and investment strategies," he said.

Dr Kemp said the five high priority projects receiving immediate funding reflect the Centre's objective of supporting regional on-ground activities that are based on sound science.

"One project will conduct trials over three seasons to address yield losses

in vegetables, post salinity yield losses of perennial crops for application to grape vines, and grape vine tolerance to boron exposure," Dr Kemp said.

"It is expected that the benefits from the research will extend beyond the respective regions that require the research and development."

Mr Hill said the Centre for Natural Resource Management played a critical role in creating partnerships between scientists and regional NRM groups, business and industry, aiding efforts to protect and improve the region's natural resources.

"Its focus is to support the science that addresses the causes of natural resource degradation, to treat symptoms and to develop indicators for salinity and water quality," he said.

Mr Truss said the Centre has indicated the Government funding of $10 million is expected to leverage co-investment of an additional $10 million from a range of industry and institutional sources.

"The Centre's priority now is to broker that additional funding to support a portfolio of some 30 projects," he said.

For more information about the Centre for NRM, contact Sharyn Sinclair-Hannocks 08 8303 9704 or 0438 877 848. A list of the five projects receiving immediate funding is attached.

Further media inquiries: Minister Truss' office: Tim Langmead (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433 Dr Kemp's office: Mitch Catlin (02) 6277 7640 or 0401 005 693 Mr Hill's office: Nick Talbot (08) 8463 3463 or 0422 004 434