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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

2 October 2003

Kemp Visits City Beach Dune Project

The Federal Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, says a successful dune reestablishment project at Perth's City Beach is an excellent example of on-ground environmental outcomes funded by the Howard Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

During a visit to City Beach today, Dr Kemp inspected important dune stabilisation and revegetation work carried out by the community-based Cambridge Coastcare group, made possible with nearly $78,000 in Natural Heritage Trust funding over the past 8 years.

Dr Kemp said the popularity of City Beach meant pedestrian traffic generated by recreational users was damaging vegetation leading to dune erosion. The group collected and cultivated local plants and established walkways to channel pedestrian traffic and allow dunes to be stabilised and recover.

"This has been a true community project with more than eight local school groups, 400 volunteers and local government and industry working to stabilise the dunes and re-establish vegetation," Dr Kemp said.

"It's good to see such tangible outcomes from these partnerships."

Dr Kemp said the project was an example of best practice and was being used to assist other metropolitan coastal management groups undertaking similar work.

"The Howard Government is committed to working in partnership with communities and all levels of government through the Natural Heritage Trust extension and the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality," Dr Kemp said.

In the last eight years, the Curtin electorate has benefited from 17 projects, worth $360,000, funded under the Australian Government Envirofund and the Natural Heritage Trust.

Federal Member for Curtin, Julie Bishop, said the City Beach dune stabilisation project is just one of the many community-driven projects underway in the electorate funded by the Trust, that are achieving real, on-ground results.

"The Curtin electorate's environment in the past eight years has benefited from 17 projects supported by more than $360,000 funded under the Natural Heritage Trust and its key community component, the Envirofund," Julie Bishop said.

"These activities have included regional planning, bushland and wetland protection and revegetation, beach access and dune stabilisation and revegetation."

The projects included:

The Australian Government Envirofund has invested in two projects in Curtin:

This year, the Howard Government will invest more than $3.2 million into major environmental work in the Swan Catchment Region (which covers the Curtin electorate) under the Natural Heritage Trust Extension, and $19.6 million to Western Australia as a whole.

This includes foundation funding to support regional groups to prepare strategic natural resource management plans, and funding for 26 facilitators and coordinators to assist local natural resource management groups in the Swan Region in carrying out important environmental projects. This is a substantial increase on the previous year's number of about 14 facilitators in the region.

This is in addition to $1.2 million already invested in environmental work in the Swan Catchment announced with NHT investments in June. Projects include:

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