Improving river health

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Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, has met with acting General Manager of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority (HNCMA) Kerry Brew and Blue Mountains Labor Spokesperson, Susan Templeman, to discuss new funding to clean up our environment and improve the health of the Nepean River.

The HNCMA has received $2.533 million under the first round of the Gillard Government’s Biodiversity Fund to improve the condition of native bush land and habitats along the Nepean River.

Mr Bradbury said the Biodiversity Fund, set up as a part of the Gillard Government’s plan to tackle climate change, will go a long way to help protect the natural environment in our local community.

“The Nepean River is one of the greatest natural assets of our region,” Mr Bradbury said.

“It is important that we do everything possible to protect and conserve it, for the benefit of future generations.”

The conservation project will involve planting trees, improving habitats for native animals and the eradication of weeds and pests.

Fencing will also be put up to limit recreational vehicle access in key conservation areas. 

As a key part of the Gillard Government’s Clean Energy Future Package the program will ensure in lowering our carbon pollution and invest in protecting important natural resources.

HNCMA’s Kerry Brew welcomed the long term funding, which will cover a six-year period.

“This will allow us to plan and implement long term sustainable projects to protect and restore important vegetation and native habitat across the Landscape,” Ms Brew said. 

“We are aiming to use this funding to build resilience in our local environments. Resilient landscapes are likely to be more adaptable to future change and resistant to the threats that can degrade habitats.”

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