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FEDERAL MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE,
THE HON ROBERT HILL
NEW SOUTH WALES MINISTER FOR LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION,
THE HON RICHARD AMERY

NSW COASTCARERS PROTECTING OUR COASTS AND OCEANS


The health of NSW's coasts and oceans received an $892,320 boost today with the announcement of the latest round of Coastcare funding.

With the help of Coastcare, communities are protecting and repairing precious marine and coastal areas along the NSW coast.

Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill and NSW Land and Water Conservation Minister Richard Amery today announced the funding for 69 coastal and marine protection projects.

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 that successful projects include a grant of $8,925 to Angourie Point Dunecare for ongoing weed control in the Angourie Bay Reserve and National Park, which comprises 38 hectares along three kilometres of coastline," Senator Hill said.

"With $28,701 funding, Budgewoi Dunecare group will restore Weemala Wetland and the adjacent foredune by linking access trails, infill removal, weed eradication and the planting of locally indigenous vegetation.

"Another project led by the Iluka Landcare/Dunecare Group will use its $17,480 funding to extend two earlier Coastcare projects focussed on native vegetation restoration. Under this new phase works will restore vegetation degraded through the impacts of sand mining and weed invasion."

The Ministers said the latest projects would make a concerted effort to ensure the continuing health of NSW's coastal and marine environment for future generations."

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

"Since 1995, thousands of Coastcare volunteers in NSW 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 five years, close to 397 projects in NSW have been supported by Coastcare. This adds up to over $4.9 million in funding and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to help protect and care for our coast."

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

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

A sample list of NSW projects is attached. For more information on projects in your local area, please contact the NSW Coastcare Coordinator, Melissa Bradbury, on 02 4960 5052.

March 20, 2001

Media enquiries:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) (08) 82377920 or 0419 258 364
Lisa McDermott (Minister Amery's Office) (02) 9372 0123 or 0427 076 300

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