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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Northern Territory Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment
The Hon Kon Vatskalis
7 December 2001
Northern Territory volunteers involved in Coastcare received $119,208 funding today for nine 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 NT Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment Kon Vatskalis said the support would back efforts by local communities committed to protecting the NT'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 is a strong sign that the NT community perceives 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 $10,350 grant to the NT Marine and Coastal Community Network. Funding will be used to educate students, tourism operators and the community about Darwin Harbour's unique marine environment. Poorly understood reefs home to soft and hard coral will be better understood with the production of two posters on marine life in the NT.
"The Aboriginal Landcare Education Program, a partnership between the Northern Land Council and Greening Australia NT, has received $26,363 to address coastal vegetation management across NT's top end. Issues such as dune degradation, uncontrolled beach access, soil erosion, weed invasion and native vegetation loss will be tackled.
"The Tiwi Land Council will use $8,600 to produce an education booklet for Tiwi schools. Tiwis, the traditional owners of Bathurst and Melville Islands offshore from Darwin, will learn about coastal threats, biodiversity, coastal processes and environmental management. Also described will be traditional Tiwi art and stories of coastal creation.
"Funding of $22,922 will be used by the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation to rehabilitate the barge landing area at Maningrida, east of Darwin. Vehicle access will be restricted, weeds and semi-buried fuel tanks will be removed and the area revegetated to create an attractive landscaped precinct.
"The end result of these projects will be the continued health of the NT's coastal and
Minister Vatskalis said the projects will set a new benchmark for the community in its bid to protect NT'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 each hard-working volunteer engaged in today's Coastcare announcements for their efforts in protecting our environment for future generations," Minister Vatskalis said.
"Hundreds of volunteers have worked to solve local environmental problems caused by commercial and social pressures placed on our remarkable coastline. Activities like erosion control, fence erection and weed removal are helping to preserve our natural heritage.
"Over the past three years 19 projects have been supported in the Northern Territory by Coastcare. These projects have received over $230,000 in funding and benefited from 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, NT and local governments. Commonwealth funding is provided through the Natural Heritage Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative and is matched by the NT Government. Successful applicants and local management agencies contribute to the cost of projects and provide in-kind assistance.
A list of NT-funded projects is attached. Further details on projects in your local area can be obtained from the NT Coastcare Coordinator, Carolynne Yates on (08) 8999 4507.
7 December 2001
Catherine Job (Minister Kemp's office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Craig Rowston (Minister Vatskalis' office) (08) 8901 4015 or 0401 119 777
A list of 2001 - 2002 Northern Territory Coastcare funded projects is available as an PDF file.
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