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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Warren Truss

6 July 2004

Coalition lends Fraser Island a hand

Environment Minister Dr David Kemp and Australian Agriculture Minister Warren Truss and today announced additional funding to protect the environment and enhance facilities for visitors to Fraser Island.

Visiting the island today, the Coalition Government Ministers announced funding of $300,000 from the Howard/Anderson Government's Natural Heritage Trust for vital infrastructure to be provided in partnership with Maryborough and Hervey Bay City Councils.

The funding will go toward pedestrian access and associated road erosion control barriers of Happy Valley and amenities at Hook Point and Eurong.

The Happy Valley project will link the beach and the village with a defined pedestrian path to prevent erosion in the dunes and to separate people from vehicle traffic for safety.

At Hook Point and Eurong, the funding will be used to provide environmentally-friendly amenities for those arriving and departing the island.

"The Coalition Government is committed to protecting Wide Bay's outstanding environmental assets and Fraser Island is a key focus for the Australian Government in this region," Mr Truss said.

"I commend the Fraser Island Association on its positive advocacy and Cr Ted Sorensen and Cr Barbara Hovard on their leadership in addressing the needs of one of our region's key tourist and economic drivers."

"Fraser Island is one of Australia's iconic destinations and the competing demands placed on its resources by social, tourism and recreational activity mean it is under pressure," Dr Kemp said.

"We all have a vital role to play in ensuring such an icon is sustained and enjoyed for generations to come."

Mr Truss said the Australian Government is leading the way in environmental management through the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust and the $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.

Since 1996, more than 420,000 Australians have volunteered to help on more than 12,200 Trust-funded projects around the country, mostly in community-driven groups like Coastcare.

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