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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
&
Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment
The Hon David Llewellyn

7 December 2001

MORE THAN $280,000 TO PROTECT TASMANIA'S COAST


Tasmanian volunteers involved in Coastcare received a $282,193 boost today for 30 coastal and marine protection projects.

These funds are part of 300 grants totalling around $4.3 million for Coastcare projects nationally in 2001-2002.

Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Dr David Kemp and Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment David Llewellyn said the support would back efforts by local communities committed to protecting Tasmania's marine and coastal environment.

The Ministers' announcement marks Coastcare Week. Its theme of Afloat and Aware focuses on sensitive small boating and fishing practices and marine pollution awareness.

Dr Kemp said the Coastcare program was one of the many continuing success stories of the $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust. "Coastcare is a great example of Federal, State and Territory Governments working cooperatively to maintain the beauty of much of our coastline and to tackle the problems posed by pollution, introduced marine pests and the impacts of recreational and commercial use.

"Since the Trust began in 1996, more than 60,000 people and nearly 2000 community groups have tackled a range of projects including weed removal, dune and headland protection, wetland restoration, the construction of boardwalks and viewing platforms, cultural awareness and marine and intertidal zone awareness. Coastcare estimates that volunteers working on these projects have built around 186 kilometres of fencing and 67 kilometres of paths, cleared 1500 hectares of weeds and planted 610,000 plants."

Dr Kemp said the quality and scope of projects funded today was a strong sign that the Tasmanian community understood the merit of environmental protection through partnerships.

"The Natural Heritage Trust, under which Coastcare is funded, recognises the value of collaboration in tackling environmental problems at their source," Dr Kemp said.

"Successful projects include a $14,919 grant to the Marine Education Society of Australasia to train pupils undergoing the University of Tasmania's education degree in Coastcare issues.

Student teachers will learn about coastal management and school placements will provide the opportunity to develop marine education activities with students.

"Funding of $6,997 will help Penguin Coastcare protect Little Penguin breeding and nesting sites along the coastal reserve at Tea Tree Point through a comprehensive weeding and revegetation project. A stock-proof fence will be erected to protect penguins from wandering sheep and encourage penguins to remain in the reserve.

"Stewarts Bay Coastcare Group will use $4,329 to repair damage to the Stewarts Bay reserve including erosion and silt build-up in the estuary. Weeds will be removed, native vegetation re-established to provide habitat for the Swift Parrot and water quality tested regularly to ensure healthy beach water quality.

"The South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation will use $14,310 to relocate a car park situated on a significant indigenous site near Adventure Bay. Erosion caused by vehicle and human access to the beach will be repaired through revegetation while a new walking track and interpretive signs will help educate the community about the area's unique values.

"The end result of these projects will be the continued health of Tasmania's coastal and
marine environment."

Tasmanian Primary Industries, Water and Environment Minister David Llewellyn said the projects would set a new benchmark for the community in its bid to protect Tasmania's coastal and marine environment through on-ground and educational activities such as dune and wetland rehabilitation, weed and feral animal control and improved beach access.

"I congratulate volunteers behind today's Coastcare projects for their vital contribution towards protecting our environment for future generations," Mr Llewellyn said.

"Thousands of volunteers have worked to solve local environmental problems caused by the social and recreational pressures placed on our beautiful coastline. Activities such as fence and storyboard erection and weed removal are helping to preserve our natural heritage.

"Over the past five years close to 200 Tasmanian projects have been supported by Coastcare. This adds up to more than $1.6 million in funding and countless volunteer hours helping to protect our coastline.

"New projects funded today will build on the milestones achieved by previous Coastcare environmental repair work."

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

A list of Tasmanian projects is available at www.deh.gov.au/minister/env/2001/mr07dec201.html

7 December 2001

Media enquiries:
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp's office) - (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Andrea Davie (Minister Llewellyn's office) - (03) 6233 2305 or 0419 873 219


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