David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    Additional funding approved for the environment

    3/09/2007 3:57 PM

    Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance and Environment Minister David Templeman today announced the Carpenter Government’s ongoing commitment to protecting Western Australia’s unique environment and ensuring the future of the State’s world-renowned natural resources.

    The State Government has agreed to continue its commitment to the Natural Heritage Trust Phase 3 (NHT3), which will be implemented through the current regional delivery model.

    Mr Chance said the WA Government had been working hard to address issues such as the protection of terrestrial and marine environments, securing WA’s water future and improving the sustainability of agricultural practices.

    “This funding continues the State Government’s long standing commitment to the environment. It builds on the success of the current natural resource management (NRM) programs, including the second phase of the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality,” he said.

    “The State Government’s decision will enable us to formally complete negotiations with the Australian Government, which are under way, and ensure a smooth transition to NHT3 - the third phase of the NHT.”

    A key feature of NRM in WA is the involvement of the community in determining priorities for key issues such as salinity, diminishing biodiversity, and improving water quality.

    “The six community-based Regional NRM groups in WA have done an outstanding job. The regional model practised in WA is acclaimed nationally and will underpin delivery of NHT3,” Mr Chance said.

    “The community-based groups will continue to fulfil this vital role in NRM, and with NHT3 in particular, through their partnerships with State and Commonwealth agencies, local government authorities, the community and other project delivery partners.”

    Mr Templeman said other aspects of NHT3, including the level of funding, still had to be finalised through negotiation of the NHT3 bilateral agreement.

    “We aim to achieve the best for WA, and secure the results gained so far by NRM groups,” Mr Templeman said.

    The Ministers said the WA and Australian Governments aimed to have negotiations completed by the end of the year.

    Office of the Minister for Agriculture and Food - 9213 6700
    Office of the Minister for the Environment - 9220 5050