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    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Funding approved for regional natural resource management

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Funding approved for regional natural resource management

    The Newman Government has approved $11 million of funding for Queensland’s 14 regional natural resource management (NRM) bodies to ensure the State’s natural resources are managed sustainably.

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the Queensland Regional NRM Investment Program funding was for projects and programs that aligned with the Newman Government’s natural resource management priorities.

    “Our regional bodies are key contributors in managing the big issues confronting natural resource management in Queensland such as dealing with weeds and pests and improving water quality outcomes, particularly to help protect the Great Barrier Reef through supporting the Paddock to Reef program,” Mr Cripps said.

    “The community-based NRM bodies will receive funding to deliver on-ground projects in their regions to control pests and weeds, improve water quality and enhance sustainable agriculture.

    “The $11 million of funding this financial year will support Queensland’s 14 NRM regions in managing projects that make a real difference to the health of their local environments.

    “Burnett Mary Regional Group will receive $750,000; Cape York NRM $910,000; Condamine Alliance $800,000; Desert Channels Queensland $775,000; Fitzroy Basin Association $750,000; Northern Gulf Resource Management Group $990,000; NQ Dry Tropics $750,000; Queensland Murray Darling Committee $800,000; Reef Catchments $900,000; SEQ Catchments $780,000; South West NRM $720,000; Southern Gulf Catchments $575,000; Terrain $750,000; and Torres Strait Regional Authority $750,000.

    “The government is committed to working with and supporting regional bodies and community groups to get the best outcomes for Queensland’s land, water and other natural resources.”

    Mr Cripps said Queensland’s regional NRM bodies were custodians of invaluable local knowledge and knowhow about managing natural resources in their regions.

    “Regional NRM bodies strengthen the community’s awareness of the value of our water, land and catchments and they encourage people to become involved,” he said.

    “Regional NRM bodies are also a crucial link between government and communities, facilitating activities to improve, restore and protect rangelands, waterways, wetlands and wildlife habitats in a cost-effective way.

    “This funding helps ensure the regional NRM bodies can continue the great work they are doing to help manage our natural resources to support the agriculture and tourism pillars of the economy and foster sustainable economic growth for Queensland.”

    [ENDS] 11 September 2012
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