Big Funding For Big Swamp

Big Funding For Big Swamp

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams and Environment Minister Rob Stokes today announced Greater Taree City Council will receive $150,000 for a project to manage, enhance and protect local estuaries.

“Council will receive the funds for a project to continue to remediate Big Swamp in the Cattai Creek catchment,” Mrs Williams said.

“The area is predominantly degraded farm land that can discharge highly damaging acid sulphate soil products into Cattai Creek and the Manning River estuary. This has severe impacts on the estuary, particularly after floods.

“Around 700 hectares of land has already been acquired and rehabilitated and this current project aims to rehabilitate a further 40 hectares,” Mrs Williams said.

Environment Minister Rob Stokes said the grants come from the NSW Estuary Management Program administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

“A total of 36 new projects have been funded under this year’s round of the Estuary Management Program with a total NSW Government contribution totalling almost $2.4 million,” Mr Stokes said.

“This is in addition to more than 70 ongoing projects valued at over $5 million funded from previous years under the Estuary Management Program.”

All projects are co-funded by local councils.

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