SEQ Catchments welcomes NRM budget boost

SEQ Catchments welcomes NRM budget boost

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05-Jun-2013

SEQ Catchments welcomes the budget commitment by Queensland Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps to support the work of the state’s regional natural resource management (NRM) groups with a forward funding program of $80 million over the next five years.

SEQ Catchments CEO Simon Warner said the budget funding maintains the Queensland Government’s commitment to balancing growth with sustaining our natural resources.

“Despite tight budget conditions the Newman Government has continued to invest in the environment and sustainable natural resource management,” Mr Warner said.

“The clarity of funding for the next few years is very important as it will give us the certainty necessary to undertake work that will make a difference and requires multiple years of investment and support.

“This funding will be targeted to pest and weed management, improving water quality and sustainable agriculture.

“We are also pleased to see the continued investment in the Everyone’s Environment Grant Program announced by Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell, which is important to many of the community organisations that SEQ Catchments works with to undertake valuable on ground work.

“This along with the commitment of $8 million over the next four years for water quality improvement and waterway resilience across the south east region including Moreton Bay will be a start in making a difference.

“The Newman Government’s commitment is most welcome and it will be a stepping stone for the further investment from other sources that is needed to fix the catchment problems that are affecting both the economy and lifestyle in South East Queensland,” he said.

The government also announced an allocation of $11.7 million for the strategic acquisition of Koala habitat in South East Queensland.

South East Queensland is one of one of the most species-rich and diverse parts of Australia, home to around 5,000 native plant species and 900 native animal species. This rich diversity of natural resources both supports and competes with a broad range of land uses including agricultural, manufacturing, commercial and tourism enterprises.

SEQ Catchments is a community not-for-profit organisation focussed on the sustainable management of the natural environmental assets of South East Queensland and the attainment of the targets outlined in the SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan.

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Further information: Sibel Korhaliller, 0488 713 340, SKorhaliller@seqcatchments.com.au
Jose Abad, 0403 930 380, jose@perceptioncomms.com.au

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