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$35,316 for ibis rookery development.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Tuesday, 8 June 2004

$35,316 FOR IBIS ROOKERY DEVELOPMENT

Regional Partnerships programme funding of $35,316 has been granted to assist the Gannawarra Shire Council to upgrade and develop an eco-tourism experience at Middle Lake in the internationally renowned Kerang Wetlands.

Announcing the funding today, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest said the Australian Government funds would allow the Kerang Landcare Group to purchase materials for placement of aboriginal artefact carvings, construct visitor amenities including enviro-friendly toilet facilities, pathways, an information gazebo, barbeque and vandal proof telescope.

“This project will help the region to capitalise on its internationally recognised environmental and cultural assets. The site is recognised and listed in Ramsar, a directory of wetlands of international importance, which notes that the Kerang Wetlands are a particularly good example of a diverse system of inland wetlands supporting various species of threatened fish, bird and plant life.”

“This has been a real team effort,” said Mr Forrest “and I congratulate the local community, especially the Central Murray Area Consultative Committee for helping bring this project to fruition.”

Communities should contact their local Area Consultative Committee if they wish to seek funding through Regional Partnerships.

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-