Funding for major projects

The Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, has awarded $1.5m million to the Board for continuation of the island's weed eradication program. The three year funding agreement through the NSW Environmental Trust will give the eradication program a huge boost and create major employment opportunities on the island. A number of positions funded through this pro-gram are advertised in this issue of the Bulletin.

In July the NSW and Australian Governments jointly announced funding for the eradication of rodents from the island. NSW and the Commonwealth will jointly fund the $9 million project. In announcing the funding Minister Parker stated "Following a feasibility study in 2001, the Lord Howe Island Board commenced the eradication planning as part of its responsibility to protect the islands' ecosys-tems, the Kentia Palm, its tourism industries and the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors".

The Board will progress detailed planning for the eradi-cation and community consultation, including establishment of a community advisory group. The eradication is currently estimated to occur in August 2015.

The funding of these two projects demonstrates a significant commitment of both governments to protect the island's environment, improve community well being and enhance the future sustainability of the island's tourism industry.