Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Queensland Minister for Environment
26 March 2002
Coastcare volunteers will receive $540,622 in joint Federal/State funding for 40 projects to protect and improve Queensland's coastline.
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp and Queensland Environment Minister, Dean Wells today said the funds would support efforts by local communities committed to Queensland's marine and coastal environment.
Dr Kemp said the quality and scope of projects announced today is a strong sign that the community understands the merit of environmental protection through partnerships.
"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," Dr Kemp said.
"We are delighted to announce successful projects including a $7,500 grant to the Tallebudgera Beach School. Funding will be used to plant a bush tucker garden that will help stabilise the dune and highlight local Aboriginal culture.
"Another recipient, the Cape Projects Group will receive $29,400 to quantify and reduce the impact of feral pigs on nesting marine turtles. This project aims to increase the number of marine turtle hatchlings that make it to the ocean.
"The Lucinda Coastcare Group will receive $7,160 to reduce sand dune erosion on the southern end of Lucinda Beach. This project will improve pedestrian access to the beach and revegetate the area with native plants.
"The Woongarra Marine Park Monitoring and Education Project will use $36,646 to continue monitoring the impact of human activities in the Marine Park and collect data on the Marine Park's flora and fauna. The efforts of local volunteers and supporters have made this project an outstanding example of local solutions to global marine problems.
"The end result of all these projects is the continued health of Queensland's coastal and marine environment," Dr Kemp said.
Mr Wells said the 40 new projects reaffirm the Federal and State Government's partnership with community groups to protect and restore Queensland's coastline.
"I applaud all Coastcare volunteers for their tireless efforts at protecting our environment for future generations," Mr Wells said.
"Thousands of volunteers each week tackle Queensland's coastal environmental problems such as dune erosion, weed invasion and the spread of feral animals.
"By improving beach access, erecting fences, removing weeds and raising awareness about our marine and coastal environment, our volunteers are helping to preserve our beautiful coastline.
"More than 270 projects have been supported by Coastcare in Queensland over the past six years.
"This adds up to nearly $3.5 million in funding and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to help conserve our coastal waters, beaches and marine life.
"New projects announced today will build on the environmental milestones achieved by previous Coastcare works," Mr Wells said.
Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, Queensland and Local governments.
Commonwealth funding is provided through the Natural Heritage Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative and is supplemented by the Queensland Government.
Successful applicants and local management agencies also contribute to the cost of projects and provide in-kind assistance.
A list of Queensland funded projects is attached. Further details on projects in your local area can be obtained from the Queensland Coordinator, Bob Hearle on (07) 3227 7104.
Catherine Job (Minister Kemp's office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Annastacia Palaszczuk (Minister Well's office) (07) 3225 1819 or 0419 679 354
Coastcare Grant Recipients in Queensland for 2002 are:
- Cape Projects Group, Western Cape York - $29,400 for a community project monitoring turtle nests and protecting them from feral pigs in a bid to increase the marine turtle population.
- Cape Projects Group, near Weipa - $29,538 for clean-up and monitoring of Pennefather Beach, including disposal of discarded fishing nets that kill turtles and other marine animals, and toxic rubbish such as mercury lamps and discarded oil drums.
- Torres Shire Council - $15,000 for Clean Beach Day and Clean Beach Video The Clean Beach Day began in October 2000 and occurs three times a year, involving the community in cleaning the island beaches.
- Bloomfield Yalanji Catchment Co-ordinating Association, near Cooktown - $21,295 for Bloomfield catchment coastal vegetation management, which will rehabilitate areas damaged or degraded by vehicle use, camping and gravel extraction, through the construction of a nursery, seed collection and propagation and revegetation works.
- Burrgirrku Land Trust, near Cooktown - $2272 for clean up and restoration of Walker Bay and fresh water lagoons, aiming for a cleaner beach, a long-term reduction in rubbish and lagoon water that is safe for fauna to drink.
- Cook Shire Council - $5750 for Quarantine Bay signage, vehicle safeguards and revegetation.
- Cassowary Advisory Group - $16,000 for coastal cassowary information signage along Wet Tropics coast.
- Cairns Local Environment Awareness Network - $19,500 for Save our Saltwater Creek (SOS), which is suffering from weed growth and bank erosion.
- Holloways Beach Coast Care Group - $11,520 to ensure public access, use and development occurs in an ecologically sustainable manner at Holloways Beach.
- Johnstone Shire Community Revegetation Unit - $7571 for Heath Point foreshore rehabilitation to stop severe erosion, clear vegetation and prevent further degradation caused by regular visitation vehicles.
- Johnstone Shire Community Revegetation Unit - $19,665 for Cowley Beach Foreshore Rehabilitation, Stage 2, to rehabilitate Cowley Beach foreshore along the north arm of Liverpool Creek including management of vehicle access to southern end of the spit to protect dune vegetation and shorebird roosting.
- Cardwell Shire Council - $9585 for South Mission Beach Coastcare Project addressing foreshore degradation.
- Forrest Beach Progress Association - $7200 for Forrest Beach-Fern Street rehabilitation of degraded frontal dunes, fencing out of vehicles, constructing and managing access tracks and revegetation works, to ensure erosion does not re?occur.
- Lucinda Coastcare Group, near Townsville - $7160 for revegetation and fencing at the southern end of Lucinda Beach to restrict 4WD and pedestrian foreshore access and thus stabilise eroding sand dunes.
- Marine and Coastal Community Network and the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Media Association - $27,000 to support Sea Country, an Indigenous marine radio program providing communities with up-to-date information about the region and encouraging people to participate in marine and coastal management initiatives, including Coastcare.
- Townsville Bird Observers Club - $3150 to monitor migratory and coastal birds in Bowling Green Bay region, particularly threatened and endangered species.
- Townsville Bird Observers Club - $1950 for further studies of significant migratory/coastal bird sites that may be affected by increasing coastal suburban and urban port development
- Indo-Pacific Sea Turtle Conservation Group - $13,550 for monitoring nesting of flatback and green turtles in the Townsville region.
- Bowen Shire Council on behalf of the Queens Beach Action Group - $10,364 to rehabilitate Queens Beach sand dunes with endemic grass and ground cover, as well as upgrading walking tracks over the dunes with board and chain ramps.
- Bowen Shire Council - $10,909 for Mullers Lagoon Interpretive Facilities and Tree Planting.
- Sarina Shire Council - $15,309 for Sarina beaches coastal rehabilitation addressing coastal tree clearing and degradation of dune systems by vehicles, pedestrians and weeds.
- Broadsound Shire Council - $18,000 for Carmila Beach Dune Protection Project, revegetating the esplanade area that has been degraded by vehicle and pedestrian activity.
- Surfrider Foundation Capricorn - $8164 to combat foreshore degradation on the Capricorn Coast where popular beaches in non-residential and remote locations have suffered littering, dumping, erosion, weed invasion and native plant displacement.
- Gladstone City Council - $6818 for securing the future of major nesting sites on Curtis and Facing Islands for the Flatback Turtle.
- Gladstone City Council - $14,127 for the South End Remediation Project, which will save land from degradation and erosion resulting from uncontrolled vehicle access that has damaged the vital sand binding.
- Wreck Rock Turtle Monitoring Program - $13,261 for the Marine Turtle Protection Project, Deepwater National Park to monitor long-term nesting sites in conjunction with other monitoring projects.
- Central Queensland University - $36,646 for Woongarra Marine Park Monitoring and Education Project, Phase 4, increasing stewardship, collecting baseline data, offering educational and training activities and raising awareness about coastal ecosystems.
- Innes Park and Coral Cove Residents Association, near Bundaberg - $8920 for restoration and enhancement of Innes Park foreshore, attacking serious exotic weed invasion and relocating beach access tracks to control erosion.
- Hervey Bay Dugong and Seagrass Monitoring Program - $16,396 for Seagrass Monitoring Advanced Phase 2 to continue ongoing monitoring of these species and identify relationships between marine animals and seagrass recovery.
- Hervey Bay Dugong and Seagrass Monitoring Program - $7636 for Hervey Bay Seagrass and Invertebrate Fauna Monitoring Program to gain knowledge and train existing and future community volunteers.
- Cooloola Coastcare - $10,930 for the Cooloola Coast community monitoring project, which will control weeds and revegetate at several high priority sites as well as monitoring seagrass, migratory bird and water quality.
- Noosa Integrated Catchment Association - $4234 for rehabilitation and an interpretive project at Eenie Creek wetlands where rare and threatened species are increasingly at risk from impacts associated with urbanisation.
- Greening Noosa (Noosa Parks Association) - $5000 to revegetate areas at Noosa damaged by human use and wind and storm erosion.
- South Peregian Beach Community Association - $8330 for community tree plantings and working bees in the Victory Park Dune Revegetation Project: Stage 3.
- Australian Seabird Rescue Group Queensland - $17,391 for a waterbird care campaign for Queensland's fishing community aimed at reducing the impact of fishing on water birds, especially from discarded fishing tackle.
- Australian Seabird Rescue Group Queensland - $12,818 for training proactive waterbird rescue crews throughout south-east Queensland
- Caboolture Shire Council - $9130 to fence a recently-purchased site containing an Aboriginal midden complex of regional significance for coastal processes, scientific research, environmental and major significant culture value and social history
- Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Bayside Branch - $48,033 for Seagrass Watch (Moreton Bay), an extension of the award-winning Seagrass Watch program, involving monitoring of selected seagrass meadows by groups of trained volunteers.
- Tallebudgera Beach School, Gold Coast - $7500 to create the Dunecare Demons Aboriginal Walk and Bush Tucker Garden, generating interaction between the Gold Coast City Council, local Aboriginal groups, the community and the 8000 students who visit the beach school annually.
- Tugun Surf Life Saving Club, Gold Coast - $3600 for Tugun dune restoration and an interpretive trail, including removal of rubbish, reprofiling dunes, and weed control revegetation.
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