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$529,336 for Western Australian drought recovery measures.



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Home | Media Releases AFFA03/068MJ - 7 May 2003

Federal Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation - Senator Ian Macdonald Federal Minister for theEnvironment and Heritage - Dr David Kemp

$529,336 for Western Australian drought recovery measures

Environmental work underway to address the effects of drought in Western Australia will receive a funding boost of $529,336 from the Howard Government's Australian Government Envirofund.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, and Federal Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, today announced a further $6.7 million in funding nationally from a special drought recovery round of Envirofund, which includes $529,336 for 33 projects in WA. This is in addition to $3.3 million in priority drought recovery funding announced in March.

"This special round of funding involves grants of up to $30,000 for community groups to carry out on-ground environmental work in drought-affected areas, some of which is already underway as well as new projects that are about to start," Dr Kemp said.

Funded projects to take place in Western Australia include:

z $8,110 to fence and revegetate Woodland and Granite ecosystems in the upper

Welbungin catchment, north east of Northam. The project will protect malleefowl habitat, improve the habitat value and reduce erosion; z $4,550 to protect remnant vegetation in North Warralakin, north east of

Merredin, by fencing and revegetating. The project will exclude stock and reduce the impacts of grazing; z $15,128 to provide drought relief for Woodland birds by fencing off key

Woodland bird habitat near Latham 300 kilometres north east of Perth. All remnants will be monitored and protected; z $27,273 to reverse the impacts of wind erosion in the Yarra Yarra catchment

near Perenjori in south west Western Australia, identify broad scale wind eroded areas and use fencing and tree planting to restore these areas; and z $6,437 to revegetate drought-affected areas of Hydillowah Farm, 16 km east of

Hyden, in southern Western Australia by using locally collected seedlings to replace 15,000 seedlings that died in the drought.

The $10 million drought recovery round is part of the popular Australian Government Envirofund, which is the community component of the Howard Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust. The drought recovery round is also an element of the $900 million package of measures introduced by the Government to help drought-affected Australian communities.

"It is only through community-driven projects that we can effectively manage the effect this drought is having on our environment. This is why funding is channelled directly to community groups, because they have the local knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to deliver on-ground results," Dr Kemp said.

"Encouragingly, applications were received not only from groups seeking to maintain and build upon their existing on-ground work but from a large number of new community groups, working in partnership with the Natural Heritage Trust for the first time," Senator Macdonald added.

"Applications for grants under this round were very competitive and of a very high standard. The successful applicants are to be commended for their outstanding efforts and we look forward to seeing the results of their hard work."

Further funding is now available from the Envirofund with the next round closing 5pm, Friday 4 July 2003. Application forms are available by calling 1800 065 823 or visiting www.nht.gov.au.

For further information about projects funded in WA, visit the Natural Heritage Trust web site at: www.nht.gov.au/projects

Further media inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Philip Connole (02) 6277 7270 or 0417 063 605 Dr Kemp's office: Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400