$13m from govt for Barrier Reef

ELECTION fever continues in the region with an announcement yesterday of more than $13 million for the Flynn electorate under the Reef Rescue program.

Burnett Mary Regional Group has been granted $4,583,233 and Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. has been granted $9,166,466 for the regional delivery of Reef Rescue through to June 2013.

Member for Flynn Chris Trevor welcomed this announcement saying it was fantastic news for his

electorate.

“The local economy and local jobs depend on a healthy Great Barrier Reef – including the farming, tourism and fishing sectors,” he said.

“That’s why the Gillard Labor government is investing to make the Reef more resilient to climate change,” Mr Trevor said.

“The $200 million Reef Rescue program is helping farmers continue to increase their efficiency including by reducing fertiliser use and run-off.”

Reef Rescue was a key component of Caring for our Country, a $2 billion Federal Labor initiative between Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke and Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts Peter Garrett.

Under Reef Rescue to date, 1480 land managers had undertaken on-the-ground works to improve land management practices over an area of 500,000ha, Mr Trevor said.

As a result of the package announced, an additional 1800 farmers and graziers were expected to improve the quality of water leaving their land and entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.



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