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Environment and Heritage
Minister
Senator Robert Hill
Senator for the
Northern Territory
Senator Grant Tambling

NT COASTCARERS RECEIVE FUNDING


Ten community groups in the Northern Territory have received a total of $119,000 in Coastcare funding to carry out vital work in protecting and rehabilitating the Territory's coastal and marine environments.

Announcing the grants for 2000-2001 on behalf of Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and NT Minister for Lands Planning and the Environment Tim Baldwin, CLP Senator Grant Tambling said the funding announcement reflected the commitment of Territory Coastcare volunteers to addressing environmental management issues in coastal and marine areas.

"Coastcare is now well-established in the Northern Territory and it is very encouraging to see Territorians getting behind this important environmental repair program," Senator Tambling said.

"The Darwin Surf Life Saving Club for example has received $10,500 in funding to rehabilitate the local Casuarina coastline by refurbishing the walkway, providing a public access ramp and installing fencing and revegetating the dunes."

Federal Environment Minister Hill said the number of Coastcare projects approved in the latest round had doubled.

"The number of Coastcare projects approved today is twice as many as last year and the total funding amount has also risen, from $75,000 to $119,515," Minister Hill said.

"The funding is for activities which engage the local community, in partnership with the government and industry, in coastal and marine management.

"These latest projects will make a significant contribution to protecting and enhancing one of Australia's most pristine coasts for future generations."

Senator Tambling said many of the funded projects will undertake on-ground works, including erosion control and dune rehabilitation, as well as coastal and marine awareness raising activities and gathering important information on coastal and marine habitats to help with their sustainable management.

"In the Territory, approximately 80 per cent of the coast is managed by indigenous people living in remote communities," Senator Tambling said.

"To keep these communities in touch with each other and to keep them informed about coastal and marine issues, the Marine and Coastal Community Network has received $4800 funding to initiate a regular radio program for indigenous community radio networks around the Top End."

Other projects are focused on rehabilitating significant sites and protecting our endangered species.

"The Mabunji Resource Association has received $30,000 in funding to gather vital information to help prepare management plans for protecting and conserving sea turtles and dugongs," Senator Tambling said.

"With $26,000 in funding the Numbulwar Numburindi Community Government Council will protect 'Mugurbung', a sand dune of special significance to the Aboriginal people of Numbulwar. The group will reshape the dune and erect fencing to protect the site from wind erosion and human access, and construct walkways and sit-down areas.

"All the projects announced today will make a concerted effort to ensure the continuing health of the Top End's coastal and marine environments."

Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, Northern Territory and local governments. Commonwealth funding is provided through the Natural Heritage Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative and is matched by the Northern Territory Government. Successful applicants and local management agencies also contribute to the cost of projects and provide in kind assistance.

* A list of the Northern Territory funded projects is attached.

The list of the Northern Territory funded projects is available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view it.

21 December 2000

FURTHER DETAILS:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill) 0419 258 364
Lisa MacLean (Senator Tambling) 0419 641 282
Warwick Sinclair (Tim Baldwin) 08 8999 6773

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