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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls
    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    State Budget to enhance and protect Queensland’s environment

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    State Budget to enhance and protect Queensland’s environment

    Protecting the Great Barrier Reef, building healthy waterways and cracking down on environmental vandals is a major focus of the Newman Government’s 2013-14 State Budget.

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said his department’s budget focussed on helping community groups protect and enhance the environment while taking a hard-line against those who fail to meet their responsibilities.

    Mr Powell said that as the Newman Government went about building a stronger State, it was important to implement policies aimed at fostering a more resilient environment.

    He said this year’s Budget delivered an additional $1 million for the second round of Everyone’s Environment Grants projects, with a total of $4 million set aside to fund grassroots projects in communities across the State.

    “We’re providing increased funding of $8 million into the Investing in Our Environment for the Future program aimed at building resilience in waterways around South East Queensland,” he said.

    “We have also put $4 million on the table over the next two years for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.

    “These initiatives recognise that people are passionate about improving their local environment.

    “They are committed to protecting our creeks, our rivers and ecosystems and they demand high standards. The Newman Government is determined to deliver those outcomes for Queensland.

    “We will crack down on people who are dumping illegally in our national parks and state forests.

    “We will also deal swiftly and seriously with any company or individual who deliberately contravenes their environmental conditions or wilfully damages our environment.”

    Mr Powell said the Government had committed $10 million in 2013-14 to the Reef Protection Program, which is part of the Government’s $35 million per year commitment to the Great Barrier Reef Plan, a project aimed at ensuring the Great Barrier Reef continues to be among the best managed protected areas in the world.

    “When it comes to the Reef, the Newman Government has taken decisive action to protect its status and its future for all Queenslanders,” he said.

    The Newman Government is also taking action to protect Queensland’s iconic koalas by investing in their future.

    “In addition to our disease research program, we have allocated $11.7 million to the Koala Habitat Program to assist with the strategic acquisition of land in South East Queensland.”

    Mr Powell said his Department would continue to ‘do more with less’ by redirecting funding to practical, common-sense programs that improved the State’s natural and built environment.

    “This Government and my department will continue to deliver strong outcomes for the State’s natural and built environments and for Queensland taxpayers,” he said.

    [ENDS] 4 June 2013

    Media Contact: Lynette Keep 0419 620 299