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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
2 October 2004
Volunteer groups in Western Australia will be able to apply for up to $15,000 for action to protect our coastal and marine environment thanks to a new investment by the Howard Coalition Government.
Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and the Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, said the money would provide practical support for on-ground activities around the WA coastline.
"WA's coastline is spectacular and a precious natural asset that we are committed to protecting for future generations," Senator Campbell said.
"Coastcare is a demonstration of the practical ways the Government is working with local communities to protect our coastal and marine environments. This money is on top of nearly $34 million already invested in Western Australia through the Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust.
"This additional support will help with projects like dune stabilisation to reduce erosion, rehabilitation of threatened ecological communities, support for community nurseries to provide native plants for revegetation and protection of indigenous cultural heritage sites."
Ms Moylan said money would also be available for visitor-related projects such as construction of boardwalks, fencing, viewing platforms, signage and camping areas.
"These new activities will build on the important work already undertaken by hard-working volunteers in Lancelin and surrounding areas, like revegetating dunes, erecting fences and related activities.
"Almost $200,000 from the Natural Heritage Trust has been invested in environmental projects in the region since 1997.
"I encourage local community groups to take advantage of this newGovernment investment and congratulate them all for their work so far."