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Drought Employment Program to restore Broken River catchment

Tuesday 10 April, 2007
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's Drought Employment Program has received a funding boost which will provide jobs for about 20 extra workers.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's Drought Employment Program has received a funding boost which will provide jobs for about 20 extra workers.

GB CMA Strategic River Health Manager Wayne Tennant said about 60 farmers, farm workers and farm service providers affected by drought were employed during the first phase of the program in January.

"The extra funding has created positions for 16 to 20 more farmers which will allow on-ground works to extend to the Broken River catchment," Mr Tennant said.

"This second phase of the program will run for fifteen weeks starting with training on April 23."

Crews of four will carry out environmental works along the Seven, Ryans and Holland creeks as well as the Broken, Delatite, Howqua and Jamieson rivers.

"The program has been very successful so far," Mr Tennant said.

"Having the extra hands on deck has helped the GB CMA achieve goals at a number of icon sites throughout the catchment."

Work to date has included weed control, fencing, rubbish removal, water savings projects and constructing bird hides.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment has provided more than $10 million to CMAs across the state to implement a drought employment program with about $2.7 million provided to the GB CMA.

The sale of an extra seven gigalitres of water released from Waranga Basin has allowed the funding boost.

To find out more visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or contact Skilled to apply 5831 8719.

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For more information contact:
Anna at Impress Publicity 58 212 651 or
Wayne Tennant at GB CMA 58 201 100