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$5.4 million for Southern Highlands: Gash.

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Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore 24 October 2005


Gilmore landholders will benefit from $5.4 million funding package announced by Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash.

Mrs Gash said the package, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the NSW Government, would tackle environmental issues on private properties.

"The funds will be provided through the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority, and will be used, among other things, to address the problem of degraded and eroded land," Mrs Gash said.

The Australian Government has provided $2.4 million over two years.

"The money will allow Southern Highlands' landholders to plant native species, move toward bush regeneration and establish and maintain erosion control practices," Mrs Gash said.

Mrs Gash and NSW Natural Resources Minister Ian Macdonald made the announcement on a Moss Vale property today.

"All landholders with properties in the catchment area were eligible to apply for the funding," Mrs Gash said.

"While this funding is ongoing, landholders need to register their interest early as the demand is expected to be high.

"Projects which have the highest environmental outcomes will be given priority."

Project officers from the Hawkesbury Nepean CMA are available to provide free advice and site visits.

Landholders interesting in accessing the funding can contact the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority on 4868 3829 or 4828 6747 or Mrs Gash's Nowra office.