Preserving our unique environment is important to all Australians and the Northern Territory is set to benefit from $1.1 million in science reach funding that contributes to this goal.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today announced the following new regional research projects, funded through the Coalition Government’s $145 million National Environmental Science Programme:
- $243,248 for mitigating cat impacts on the brush-tailed rabbit-rat on the Tiwi Islands
- $360,000 to use environmental analysis to quantify groundwater dependence of riparian vegetation in the Magela Creek catchment, Kakadu National Park/Ranger Uranium Mine Project Area to provide a risk assessment of impact from surface and/or groundwater of mine-related contaminants.
- $359,500 in Kakadu National Park/Ranger Uranium Mine to investigate the effects of surface and ground water of mining-related solutes on fish in Magela Creek
- $80,000 for a rehabilitation project in Kakadu National Park/Ranger Uranium Mine, helping to develop criteria for successful ecosystem rehabilitation of Ranger Uranium Mine, and assess trial revegetation sites at Ranger.
- $140,000 for trialling new techniques for assessing biodiversity at Yinberrie Hills near Katherine.
The Northern Territory will also benefit from funding of $470,000 in projects that cover all of Northern Australia:
- $270,000 for a synthesis project to enhance uptake of environmental flow research for improved water planning in northern Australia
- $200,000 impact assessment for guiding non-government investment into Indigenous cultural and natural resource management enterprises
There is also $420,000 for a project in the Gulf of Carpentaria across the NT and QLD to assess the Gulf of Carpentaria Mangrove Dieback and $222,904 to develop a coordinated monitoring program for threatened species in desert regions of SA, WA, QLD and NT.
“The Government is funding practical and applied research that supports good decision-making for on-ground environmental outcomes,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Northern Territory community is passionate about the environment they live in and want to secure its future for generations to come.
“This new research will benefit not only the environment as a whole, but also our community.
“I look forward to welcoming researchers to our unique part of Australia during 2018.”
The National Environmental Science Program connects scientists, decision-makers, Indigenous people and communities to deliver research for practical environmental solutions.
More information about the National Environmental Science Program can be found online at http://www.environment.gov.au/science/nesp.