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State funding boost for NRM projects

Posted On July 30, 2012


Terry Redman
Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Housing

Bill Marmion
Minister for Environment; Water

Norman Moore
Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

Twenty vital Natural Resource Management (NRM) projects ranging from schemes to protect key waterways, safeguard critically endangered flora and fauna and control feral animals will receive a $15.5million injection from the State Government.

Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said the three-year funding program targeted strategic projects designed to deliver long term benefits.

For instance, nutrient mapping work which has already helped more than 100 South-West beef farmers minimise excess fertiliser discharging into rivers and creeks will be extended to more than 200 additional farms in critical catchments.

“The management of excess nutrients is a high priority for the health of the major river systems on the Swan and Scott coastal plains,” Mr Redman said.

“Marked improvements have already been made through work with catchment groups and the agricultural industry to reduce phosphorus inputs and this project will continue to build on these gains.”

Environment and Water Minister Bill Marmion said the funding included $3million for on-ground works to control the deadly plant disease, dieback.

“Dieback is one of the biggest threats to WA’s biodiversity, affecting 40 per cent of plant species in the State’s South-West,” Mr Marmion said.

“Another project aims to improve the chances of Australia’s rarest and most endangered reptile, the western swamp tortoise, by securing and improving habitats.”

Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said $1.7million would go towards two vital fisheries projects.

“One will assess demersal scalefish stocks along WA’s south coast, focusing on the indicator species bight redfish, pink snapper, blue groper and blue morwong. The second will target preservation of endangered freshwater fish species in the South-West,” Mr Moore said.

 

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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