The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources has launched Florabank in Sydney today (Tuesday 28 August 2007) at Nielson Park on Sydney Harbour.
The Minister announced the funding as part of a response to the increasing demand for native seed in this country.
Florabank aims to increase the availability of high quality native seed for large scale revegetation projects across Australia and bring people together to share information and resources about seed management.
Nielsen Park, a small but important remnant of native vegetation on the southern side of Sydney Harbour was a fitting location for the launch. The Park has active recovery programs for two threatened species, the Nielsen Park She-Oak (Allocasuarina portuensis) and the Sunshine Wattle (Acacia terminalis).
At the launch, Mr Turnbull emphasised that the essential building block for high quality revegetation is good seed with high genetic diversity, a vision shared by the Florabank program.
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