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$36 million spent on natural resources in Wheatbelt

People living in the Wheatbelt can now find out how $36 million has been spent on natural resource management in their backyards.
A booklet outlining projects as diverse as helping to save Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo to finding a solution for the disposal of acid ground water was launched at the Dowerin Field Day.
The funding comes from both the Australian and State governments through their natural resource management program.
Wheatbelt NRM’s chief executive officer Peter Sullivan said funding for the projects spanned four years, beginning in 2005.
“The idea behind the booklet was to inform people of the work Wheatbelt NRM had been involved in, through a series of photographs and maps,” Peter Sullivan said.
“Our footprint spans 8.3 million hectares and with this funding we worked closely with the community, landholders, government agencies and other stakeholders to manage our valuable natural resources.”
The booklet identifies spending on projects from biodiversity hotspots, helping farmers deal with soil acidity and dryland salinity and recording the voices of the region’s indigenous people.
Copies of the “2005-2008 Investment Footprint and Project Summaries” are available from Wheatbelt NRM’s Northam office 9690 2250.