BOTH the Northern Territory and Queensland have now signed the
inter-governmental agreement to fight salinity through a national
action plan. The agreement involves the Commonwealth and all states
and territories and stipulates that funding will be shared among
community-based groups in 20 key catchments and regions across
The Council of Australian Governments endorsed the National Action
Plan for Salinity and Water Quality in November 2000. All state and
territory governments participated in developing the plan.
In Queensland, the federal and state governments will provide
around $81 million each over the next seven years to fight salinity
in the state. Priority catchments are the Burdekin-Fitzroy;
Lockyer-Burnett-Mary; Condamine-Balonne-Maranoa and Border Rivers.
The NT will receive $6 million over the next seven years,
reflecting the fewer problems it has because of smaller amounts of
In Western Australia, regional catchment groups are established
across the south-west of the state. They will target about 26
sub-catchments within five catchments.