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Natural Heritage Trust

23 February 2001

NSW COASTAL AND MARINE WATERS AWASH WITH $1.66M FUNDING


Sydney Rock Oysters will thrive under one of 16 New South Wales projects to receive more than $1.6 million Natural Heritage Trust funding announced today by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill.

"The Byron Shire Council has received $224,500 to divert thousands of tonnes of treated effluent from the Brunswick River estuary to the Ocean Shores Golf Course, dramatically improving water quality flowing out to sea," Senator Hill said.

These latest projects are funded under the fourth round of the Trust's $141 million Coasts and Clean Seas initiative, amounting to a total of $12,376,930 Trust funding committed to clean seas, coastal monitoring and marine species protection in NSW.

Senator Hill said all the projects funded today were fine examples of how on-ground work can achieve exceptional results in conserving and repairing Australia's coastal, marine and estuarine environments.

"They also demonstrate how the Trust is achieving both environmental and economic benefits."

Other projects funded in NSW will address marine pollution from wastewater, the protection of marine species from human impacts, and important habitat preservation.

"Water quality at popular Shoal Bay will be improved under a project led by the Port Stephens Shire Council. Funding of $90,000 will support the installation of gross pollutant traps and other pollution trapping devices to protect the area's renowned swimming and aquatic leisure attractions," Senator Hill said.

"The University of Newcastle has received $55,850 funding to identify threats to Central Coast reefs. Under the project the impact of coastal land degradation and estuary-based activities will be examined and improved catchment and estuary management techniques will be developed.

"With $79,943 funding, the Eurobodalla Shire Council will study the effects of urban and agricultural land use on the ecology of coastal estuaries and lagoons. The estuaries are regularly drained to protect local dwellings from floods, and greater knowledge is needed on the impact of draining on animals and plants in the estuaries.

"All these projects will build on the great achievements of previously funded Coasts and Clean Seas projects including improved water quality and management of threats to marine species.

"The Trust depends heavily on community, industry and government groups identifying local environmental problems, and developing solutions that can be spread to and reproduced by other regions.

"The number and quality of community applications for Trust funding is a clear endorsement of the Trust, and those projects awarded funds will continue the collaborative work of the past three years.

"The end result will be cleaner beaches, improved water quality and a better understanding of the impact of human and natural activities on marine biodiversity."

The Trust's $141 million Coasts and Clean Seas initiative is aimed at supporting the conservation, sustainable use and repair of Australia's coastal and marine environments.

The list of NSW funded projects is available for downloading as a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view it.

For further information on the Coasts and Clean Seas initiative contact Environment Australia's Community Information Unit on toll-free 1800 803 772 or visit the website at www.environment.gov.au/marine/coast_clean_seas/

23 February 2001

Media contact:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's Office): (02) 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364

Commonwealth of Australia