Agriculture Minister Kim Chance and Environment Minister David Templeman today congratulated members of South Coast Natural Resource Management (NRM) on their successful partnerships aimed at protecting and conserving the natural environment.
Speaking at the Celebrating Successful Partnerships in Natural Resource Management function in Albany, Mr Chance said productive partnerships were the linchpin of good natural resource management.
The Minister said the State Government’s investment in natural resource management programs had led to an evaluation of perennial pastures which could play an important part in farming systems in WA because they were one of the most sustainable and profitable land uses.
Mr Chance also praised the South Coast NRM group and the Forest Products Commission for planting more than 4,000ha of eucalypt, maritime pine and sandalwood trees in the region under the Strategic Tree Farming project.
Mr Templeman said working together was extremely important in tackling the challenges of managing WA’s natural resources.
“Good NRM results depend on a broad range of organisations working together: Federal, State and local governments, landowners and their organisations, and, of course, local community groups,” he said.
The Minister said two key collaborations between the Department of Environment and Conservation and the South Coast NRM were the Project Dieback and South Coast Threatened Species Projects.
Project Dieback was set up to inform local government and the community about the impacts of dieback and to produce dieback risk assessment maps for each NRM region.
The risk assessment for the South Coast Region has been completed and a dieback management plan is being developed. Ongoing aspects of the project include protecting populations of threatened flora through treatment with ‘phosphite’, and trialling the use of in-ground membranes to contain dieback infestations.
The South Coast Threatened Species Projects, supported by NRM funding through the Commonwealth and State Governments and co-ordinated by South Coast NRM, have included recovery actions for Gilbert’s potoroo, the noisy scrub bird, the dibbler and a large number of threatened flora in the Albany and Esperance districts.
“This funding has also supported the reintroduction of the numbat, the State’s faunal emblem, to Cocanarup Timber Reserve, near Ravensthorpe, and extensive surveys that have resulted in the discovery of previously unknown populations of the dibbler in part of the Fitzgerald River National Park,” Mr Templeman said.
The State Government has also provided substantial additional funding for key aspects of these threatened species recovery projects through the ‘Saving our Species’ program.
“The Carpenter Government is acting now for the future to ensure our unique environment is protected for generations to come,” the Minister said.
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