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FEDERAL MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE,
THE HON ROBERT HILL
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR PLANNING AND INFRASTRUCTURE,
THE HON ALANNAH MACTIERNAN

$971,500 COASTCARE FUNDING TO PROTECT WA COASTS


With more help from Coastcare, communities are protecting and repairing precious marine and coastal areas along the WA coast.

Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill and WA Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced $971,488 funding for 58 coastal and marine protection projects throughout WA.

The Ministers said these new projects reaffirmed the community's involvement in playing a leading role in maintaining and enhancing their local coastal environment, with financial support from government underpinning their efforts.

"We are pleased to announce successful projects including a grant of $57,100 to the Windy Harbour Advisory Committee for the construction of a safe coastal cliff top walk trail from the Windy Harbour settlement to Pt D'Entrecasteaux including interpretive signs and lookout platforms," Senator Hill said.

"Local volunteers will also control weeds along the trail and a display will provide information on weed control and recommended plantings for local residential gardens.

"With $12,880 funding, Broome Bird Observatory will undertake works at Ramsar-listed Roebuck Bay to repair erosion and shorebird disturbance. A safe beach access point will be created, eroded tracks revegetated and interpretive signs installed.

"The Marapikurrinya Aboriginal Corporation has received $29,200 funding to repair coastal areas of environmental and cultural significance surrounding Port Hedland. The Kariyarra People will implement a cross-cultural education campaign in conjunction with on-ground works."

The Ministers said the projects that had received funding in this latest round demonstrated how communities working with governments and other stakeholder groups could make a real difference on the ground to improving their local environment.

"In this International Year of the Volunteer, we congratulate all Coastcare volunteers for their important contribution towards protecting our environmental future," Minister MacTiernan said.

"Since 1995, thousands of Coastcare volunteers in WA have been working to solve local environmental problems by revegetating dunes, erecting fences, removing weeds and feral animals, improving beach access, conducting marine awareness raising activities and efforts to protect endangered marine species.

"Over the past 5 years, close to 251 projects in WA have been supported by Coastwest/Coastcare. This adds up to over $4.8 million in funding and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to help protect and care for our coast."

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

A sample list of WA funded projects is attached. For more information on projects in your local area, please contact the WA Coastcare Coordinator, John Davis on (08) 9264 7834.

15 March 2001

Media enquiries:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Tamatha Smith (Minister MacTiernan's Office) (08) 9213 6400

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