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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

&
NSW Minister for Land and Water Conservation
The Hon John Aquilina

26 March 2002

Over $1 Million for NSW Coasts


New South Wales volunteers involved in Coastcare activities will receive $1,024,196 following today's announcement of funding for 77 coastal and marine protection projects.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp and New South Wales Land and Water Conservation Minister, John Aquilina said the funding for Coastcare projects backs efforts by local communities committed to protecting New South Wales' marine and coastal environment.

"The quality and scope of projects funded today is a strong sign that our community understands the merit of environmental protection through partnerships," Dr Kemp said.

"The Federal Government's $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust, which funds Coastcare, recognises the value of working together to tackle environmental problems at their source."

Mr Aquilina said the 77 new projects along the NSW coastline would set new standards for the community in its bid to protect the State's unique coastal and marine environment.

The successful projects in New South Wales include:

"The end result of all these projects will be the continued health of New South Wales' coastal and marine environment," Dr Kemp said.

"Hundreds of volunteers have worked to solve local environmental problems such as dune erosion, weed invasion and the spread of feral pests.

"By improving beach access, erecting protective fences, removing weeds and raising awareness about our marine and coastal environment, these volunteers are helping to preserve our famous coastline," Dr Kemp said.

Mr Aquilina said in the past five years, close to 500 projects have been supported by Coastcare.

"These have received over $4.5 million in funding and benefited from tens of thousands of volunteer hours," he said.

"New projects announced today will build on the milestones achieved by previous Coastcare environmental repair work and I congratulate all involved for their vital contribution."

Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, State and Local Governments.

Commonwealth funding is provided through the Natural Heritage Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative and is matched by the New South Wales Government. Successful applicants and local management agencies also contribute to the cost of projects and provide in-kind assistance.

Media Contacts:
Catherine Job (Minister Kemp's office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Donna Mulhearn (Minister Aquilina's office) (02) 9228 4700 or 0411 253 345

A sample of New South Wales funded projects is attached. Further details on projects in your local area can be obtained from the State Coastcare Coordinator, Melissa Bradbury on (02) 9228 6326.

Download the list of NSW projects

The full list and sample list of New South Wales funded projects is available as a PDF file.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view it.

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