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    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls
    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    $80 million Budget boost for natural resource management

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    $80 million Budget boost for natural resource management

    The Newman Government will spend an extra $80 million to support the sustainable management and productive use of Queensland’s land and water resources.

    Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said today’s 2013-14 State Budget included $80 million over five years (including $16 million in 2013-14) for natural resource management in Queensland, including initiatives to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

    “This Budget reflects the Government’s commitment to striking a balance between economic development and the responsible management of our land, water and environmental values,” Mr Cripps said.

    Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Newman Government was conscious of trying to strike the right balance between strong growth in the economy and protecting natural resources.

    “We are working to grow Queensland’s economy and, at the same time, we are repairing the State’s finances,” Mr Nicholls said.

    “But we are making sure growth happens in a considered way that does not put our valuable natural resources under unsustainable pressure.”

    Mr Cripps said the Budget honoured a commitment to continue funding Queensland’s 14 regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies, to protect and preserve our precious natural resources.

    “Queensland’s 14 regional NRM bodies are the custodians of invaluable local knowledge and know-how about managing the long-term care of natural resources in the regions,” he said

    “They are also an important link between government and communities, facilitating local activities to improve, restore and protect waterways, rangelands, wetlands and wildlife habitats in a cost effective way.

    “This $80 million investment will help NRM groups fund further local on-ground projects dealing with weeds and pests, improving soil, vegetation and water quality outcomes, and helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef through the Paddock to Reef Program.”

    [ENDS] 4 June 2013

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