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FEDERAL MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE,
THE HON ROBERT HILL
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE,
THE HON IAIN EVANS

SA COASTCARERS SCORE $366,500 FUNDING BOOST


With more financial help from Coastcare, local communities are protecting and repairing precious marine and coastal areas along the South Australian coast.

Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill and SA Environment and Heritage Minister Iain Evans today announced $366,469 funding for 46 coastal and marine protection projects throughout SA.

The Ministers said the 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 $5,575 to the Port Vincent Progress Association to construct a walkway, stairs and fencing at Surveyor Point to rehabilitate and revegetation eroded shoreline areas," Senator Hill said.

"With $5,412 funding, Robe Professional Fisherman's Association will undertake a litter survey, incorporating collection, sorting, surveying, weighing and idenfication to reduce the levels of litter pollution impacting on the local marine environment.

"The Penneshaw Progress Association has received $9,000 for on-ground works to protect the coastal environment at Ironstone Hill, which is currently under pressure from uncontrolled vehicle access. The project will construct a walking trail and car park and install signage, helping to rehabilitate the eroded site and control stormwater runoff."

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.

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

"Since 1995, thousands of Coastcare volunteers in SA 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 319 projects in SA have been supported by Coastcare. This adds up to more than $2.4 million in funding and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to help protect and care for our coast."

The Ministers said the new projects would build on the great achievements of previous Coastcare environmental repair work.

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 SA Government. Successful applicants and local management agencies also contribute to the cost of projects and provide "in kind" assistance.

A sample list of SA funded projects is attached. For more information on projects in your local area, please contact the SA Coastcare Coordinator, Sam Penney on (08) 8204 9192.

March 23, 2001

Media enquiries:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) 0419 258 364
Anna Jackson (Minister Evans' Office) (08) 8303 2471 or 0418 806 165

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