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Rudd Government supports efforts to save NSW Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.



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The Hon. Tony Burke MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Rudd Government supports efforts to save NSW Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

20 November 2008 DAFF08/155B

One of the most threatened species in NSW - the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby - will benefit from a share of more than $28.5 million from the Rudd Government to protect the environment and promote sustainable farming.

Details of 20 NSW projects to receive funding under the Caring for our Country Open Grants were announced today by Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke.

The funding is part of the $2.25 billion earmarked for the first five years of Caring for our Country, launched in July this year.

Mr Garrett said the projects, ranging from $80,000 to $400,000, would lead to significant environmental benefits and advances in land management practices in all states and territories.

“Through Caring for our Country, the Government is taking a comprehensive, targeted and integrated approach to natural resource management funding, encouraging organisations to work together to deliver on national priorities,” Mr Garrett said.

“Many of the organisations funded through this Open Grants scheme look beyond their local environmental issues to link up with others to deliver better environment and land management practices on a larger scale.

“The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby project, for example, sees the World Wildlife Fund for Nature join with NSW Government agencies, landholders and community groups in a highly intensive management program that aims to reverse the trend which has seen colonies of rock-wallabies disappearing from the landscape.

“This program involves project partners researching rock-wallaby colonies, undertaking targeted threat abatement, monitoring radio-collared rock-wallabies and determining the necessary conditions for a colony to be viable,” Mr Garrett said.

Both ministers said climate change and other pressures such as invasive weeds and pests emphasised the need for the Government to work in partnership with communities to help ensure the future of Australia’s environment and farming industries.

Of the 137 Open Grants projects funded across Australia, 72 projects worth approximately $14.4 million are for sustainable farm practices and Landcare projects.

Mr Burke said Australia’s farmers were already leading the way in sustainable land management and many of these projects would continue that good work.

“The Rudd Government recognises the role of farmers in a more sustainable environment and that work will be even more important in the face of climate change,” Mr Burke said.

“These projects will help farmers continue producing food for the nation and the world, with less pressure from weeds, feral pests and degradation.

“For example, one project will help to eradicate willows in the Central West and begin to restore 200km of the Kalare (Lachlan) River between Condobolin and Forbes.

“Willows have had a disastrous effect on river banks, particularly as their roots collect debris which can cause the river to divert or to become choked with rotting vegetation.

“The Lachlan Aboriginal Natural Resource will work with farmers and landholders as part of this project.”

Further information and a full listing of successful grants is available at www.nrm.gov.au/projects/open-grants.html

Media contacts: Ben Pratt (Minister Garrett): 0419 968 734 Ann-Marie Wilcock (Minister Burke): 0413 872 275

Examples of Projects Funded

New South Wales

Landcare

Project Title

Group Funding

Yowrie Valley Biodiversity Enhancement and Sustainable Farming Program Yowrie Valley Landcare Group

$82,273

Farmer Targets for Climate Change - New South Wales Mid North Coast Dairy Advancement Group

$131,700

Climate Priorities - Stocktake and Priority Setting for Broadacre Irrigation in the New South Wales Riverina

Ricegrowers Association of Australia

$185,500

Horticulture For Tomorrow - Taking Stock of the Environmental Impacts of Horticultural Production in Australia

Horticulture Australia Limited $93,000

Other

Project Title

Group Funding

Kalare (Lachlan) River Willow Eradication and Management Project Lachlan Aboriginal

Natural Resource Management Corporation

$362,633

Conservation of Remnant Vegetation on Travelling Stock Reserves Lachlan Catchment

Management Authority

$400,000

Saving Island Ecology - Eradication of Weeds from Lord Howe Island Lord Howe Island Board

$363,636

Protecting our Migratory Shorebirds and Seabirds Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority

$248,140

Fishtrack: Fish Movement and Effects of Flows and Barriers Northern Rivers

Catchment Management Authority

$328,124

Enhancing Riparian Biodiversity and Habitat for Threatened Species in The Upper Murray Murray Catchment

Management Authority

$318,636

Resilient Riverine Landscapes Below World Heritage Areas Hawkesbury Nepean

Catchment Management Authority

$90,909

Riparian Management in the Yanco Creek System The Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council

$363,636

Protecting Values Associated with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Hawkesbury Nepean

Catchment Management Authority

$331,182

Strategic Bitou Bush Control to Protect Biodiversity in NSW Northern Rivers

Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA)

$400,000

Pulling Rock-Wallabies From an Extinction Vortex World Wide Fund For Nature Australia

$273,619

Restoring Lowland Rainforest in the NSW North Coast Bioregion Big Scrub Rainforest

Landcare Group Inc.

$368,309

Seabird Habitat Restoration Project - Montague Island Nature Reserve Department of Environment

and Climate Change

$72,818

Protection and Enhancement of Biodiversity on Nanya Station University of Ballarat

$129,094

Eradicating Rodents from Lord Howe Island Lord Howe Island Board $200,509

Saving our Swamps: National Restoration Program for Temperate Peat Swamps Blue Mountains City Council

$364,518