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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Victorian Minister for the Environment and Conservation
5 December 2001
Victorian volunteers involved in Coast Action/Coastcare received a $693,712 boost today for 55 coastal and marine protection projects.
Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Dr David Kemp and Victorian Minister for Environment and Conservation Sherryl Garbutt said the support will back efforts by local communities committed to protecting Victoria's marine and coastal environment.
The Ministers' announcement marks Coastcare Week. Its theme Afloat and Aware focuses on sensitive small boating and fishing practices and marine pollution awareness.
Coast Action/Coastcare is jointly funded by the Victorian and Federal governments.
Dr Kemp said the quality and scope of projects funded today is a strong sign that our community understands the merit of environmental protection through partnerships.
"The Federal Government's $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust, through which the Federal government's Coastcare program is partly funded, recognises the value of collaboration in tackling environmental problems at their source," Dr Kemp said.
"Through the joint funding of the Coast Action/Coastcare grants, support to Coast Action/Coastcare volunteer groups and Coast Action summer activity programs, the Brack's Government recognises how vital community support and participation is to coastal conservation," Minister Garbutt said.
The Ministers were speaking on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, where the Truganina Explosives Reserve Preservation Society is preparing to manage the vegetation on the reserve with the assistance of an $11,000 Coast Action/Coastcare grant. The Society will undertake a flora survey and reinforce native vegetation through a series of plantings. Everyone in the local area will be invited to participate in community planting days.
"We are delighted to announce this and other successful projects including a $20,500 grant to the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust," Dr Kemp said. "Funding will be used to rehabilitate areas of Deen Maar, an important indigenous cultural site on the south-west coast. Locally indigenous native vegetation will be established to prevent further erosion and provide habitat for the endangered orange-bellied parrot, which has a known population of just 200 birds.
"With $36,000 the Warrnambool City Landcare Group will provide greater protection for the little penguin colony on Middle Island, whose habitat is being destroyed by human interference. The project will restrict public access to parts of the island by constructing boardwalks and viewing platforms and will improve interpretation signage.
"The Australian Marine Conservation Society has received $40,000 to help educate all Victorians about our unique marine life found in coastal waters. Divers across the state will describe, monitor and promote marine life through a website, newsletters and the media, and play a crucial role in the early reporting of marine pest invasions.
"Friends of Greenwich Bay will use $7,200 to revegetate Sandy Point at the mouth of the Yarra. Re-planting using indigenous native species will help to re-establish bird habitat and an area that mirrors the region's original coastal flora.
"The end result of all these projects will be the continued health of Victoria's coastal and
Minister Garbutt said the 55 new projects will set new standards for the community in its bid to protect Victoria's unique coastal and marine environment.
"I congratulate all Coast Action/Coastcare volunteers for their vital contribution towards protecting our environment for future generations," Minister Garbutt said.
"Thousands of volunteers have worked to solve local environmental problems such as dune erosion, weed invasion and the spread of feral animals. By improving beach access, erecting fences, removing weeds and raising awareness about our marine and coastal environment, our volunteers are helping to preserve our beautiful coastline.
"Over the past five years, close to 500 projects have been supported by Coastcare/Coast Action. This adds up to over $4.5 million in funding and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to help protect and care for our coast.
"New projects funded today will build on the milestones achieved by previous Coastcare/ Coast Action environmental repair work," Minister Garbutt said.
Coast Action/Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, Victorian and local governments. Commonwealth funding is provided through the Natural Heritage Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative and is matched dollar-for-dollar by the Victorian Government. Successful applicants and local management agencies also contribute to the cost of projects and provide in-kind assistance.
A list of Victorian funded projects is attached. Further details on projects in your local area can be obtained from the Victorian Coast Action/Coastcare coordinator, Michelle Lauder on (03) 9412 4823.
5 December 200
Catherine Job (Minister Kemp's office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Ben Hart (Minister Garbutt's office) (03) 9651 5799 or 0407 445 551
A list of 2001 - 2002 Victorian Coastcare funded projects is available as a PDF file.
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See some photographs of the announcement event.