The Terrain regional Natural Resource Management body will share in $11 million of Queensland Government funding for regional NRM groups.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Far North Queensland group would receive $780,000 to continue their work improving and preserving the local environment.

This includes the Paddock to Reef water quality monitoring program, promotion of habitat linkages for priority species, Healthy Waters Management Plan, and support for local government to integrate NRM activities.

Mr Pitt said the State Government provided significant funding for NRM projects through its five year $86 million Q2 Coasts and Country program.

“Q2 Coasts and Country has now invested $44 million directly through the 14 NRM regions in Queensland to manage projects which make a real difference to the health of their local environments,” Mr Pitt said.

“This funding helps ensure the regional NRM bodies can continue the great work they are doing to help manage our natural resources and, more immediately, help these resources recover from the natural disasters that have affected so much of the state in recent months.

“Regional NRM bodies are a crucial link between government and communities to put into practice activities to improve, restore and protect rangelands, waterways, wetlands and wildlife habitats.

“This funding delivers on the Queensland Government’s promise to create a cleaner, greener Queensland.”

Natural Resources Minister Rachel Nolan said regional NRM bodies dealt with the big issues confronting Queensland’s natural resources, including loss of biodiversity, water quality, wetlands, coastal risks, sustainable agriculture, and weeds and pest management.

“Regional NRM bodies strengthen the community’s awareness of the value of our water, land and catchments and they encourage people to become involved,” she said.

The funding announced today complements the federal government’s Caring for our Country initiative. The Q2 Coasts and Country program advances the combined efforts of government, industry and the community to sustainably manage our natural assets.