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Wednesday, June 06, 2012


 The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced a local community group would receive $250,000 for a project aimed at restoring bushland along the Macquarie River.

Mr Grant said on World Environment Day (June 5) the grant was part of an $8 million NSW Government program to fix degraded natural bushland sites.

“In a challenging economic environment this funding targets key community groups who are best placed to protect their local environment,” Mr Grant said.

“Dubbo Macquarie River Bushcare will receive the grant for a project aimed at assisting the recovery of the endangered Trout Cod.

“This project will repair and enhance priority habitat areas within Crown reserves and private land along a 100 kilometre reach of the Macquarie River near Dubbo.

“Dubbo Macquarie River Bushcare has planned working bees and training days to carry out the works which will include reintroduction of large woody habitat, erosion repair, weed control and re-establishment of riparian vegetation,” Mr Grant said.

The Dubbo project is among 33 across the state to share in $8 million under the Community Bush Regeneration Large Project grants, part of the Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation program.

Administered by the NSW Environmental Trust, these grants deliver on the NSW Government’s commitment to regenerate degraded natural bushland including riverbanks, waterways and urban bushland.

The grants are aimed at larger scale longer term projects which will build capacity for local community groups to protect, restore and enhance our environment.



Monday, May 28, 2012
The Member for Dubbo and Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources Troy Grant said he's disappointed with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) revised plan, released today, given the extensive consultation period with communities and stakeholders.

Mr Grant said there has been little change to the version presented to communities and the State Government last year.

"I feel the MDBA has not listened to communities, farmers and irrigators concerns," said Mr Grant. "It does not propose any change to a planned water recovery target of 2750GL of water per year and against the expert advice of NSW hydrogeologists, the MDBA has reduced the groundwater diversion limits unnecessarily in this new version groundwater limits have been revised down from 4340gl to 3184gl. There are better ways to achieve environmental outcomes than taking water from rural communities."

Mr Grant said that NSW Government has sought a diversified and measured approach to water recovery to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) in the Basin Plan.

In particular it required:
  • no further general licence buybacks until all appropriate infrastructure, environmental works and measures and rules review have been implemented,
  • a limit on licence buybacks to 3% per valley per decade once other measures are exhausted, although agreed strategic purchases can proceed,
  • equitable apportionment of the significant unallocated downstream reduction between states,
  • establishment of a structural adjustment package to assist impacted communities,
  • and a longer time frame than 2019 to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) in valleys where significant quantities of water are required to be recovered.
"The MDBA also seems determined to play down the socio-economic impacts on rural communities," said Mr Grant. "We have a six week opportunity now to provide comment through the Ministerial Council process."

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

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