Great progress has been made in the third year of programs funded under the City and Country Environment Restoration Program. More than 82,000 units of water have been purchased for the environment through the NSW RiverBank program, with two wetlands benefiting directing from NSW RiverBank water this year. After three rounds of funding the Urban Sustainability Program has now allocated a total of $78.1 million to 102 projects to improve local government and community sustainability.
Successful biodiversity outcomes have been achieved this year through the acquisition of eleven new properties under the Land Acquisition Program, the purchase of four high conservation properties through Native Vegetation Farmer Exit Assistance, and continued progress of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative. A new Growth Centres Program also commenced in 2008-09 that will conserve biodiversity on public and private land to offset major urban development in Sydney.
This year has been another busy and successful year for the Trust which has continued to deliver a wide range of environmental outcomes from its diverse program of initiatives.