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

&
Queensland Minister for Environment
Dean Wells

26 March 2002

Over $540,000 to Protect Queensland's Coast


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.

Media Contacts:
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:

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