New website showcases local projects.
Posted on Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan today welcomed the launch of a new website showcasing around 500 projects across the country that have greatly improved the management of Australia’s natural resources.
“This website celebrates the work undertaken by regional organisations, community bodies, government organisations, landholders and other volunteers in more than 50 regions,” Ms Moylan said.
“It highlights fantastic local projects such as the fencing of the Avon River between Aldersyde and Toodyay and the Swan Catchment Councils initiative to save one of the world’s most endangered reptiles, the Western Swamp Tortoise.”
The Mosaic Map website was launched this week by the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, and the Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull.
It presents a selection of projects funded under the Australian Government’s $5.1 billion Natural Heritage Trust and the joint $1.4 million National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality. Clicking on the map of Australia featured on the site will allow users to search for projects at a national, state, territory and regional level. Short articles on up to 10 projects chosen by regional associations are featured in each region, together with high quality images.
Ms Moylan said that in the past decade around 27,000 projects had been funded and more than 800,000 people mobilised. This made it one of the largest natural resource volunteer sectors in the world.
“Mosaic gives regions and individuals the opportunity to share the information and experiences they have gained in undertaking these projects,” Ms Moylan explained.
“Activities have ranged from replanting creek banks to bring back habitat and improve water quality, to finding new ways of managing agricultural land more sustainably; from monitoring coastal dune and seagrass health, to planting wildlife corridors.”
Ms Moylan said that sharing information on projects featured on the site not only gives regions and individuals the recognition they deserve, it will be an invaluable addition to the wider body of knowledge about how best to manage our natural resources into the future.
“This will greatly benefit planners, managers, governments and community organisations as well as landholders and volunteers across the country.”
Ms Moylan has encouraged residents and landholders in Pearce to go into the website and read about the projects featured in local and neighbouring regions.
For more information go to Mosaic Map website www.nrm.gov.au