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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

18 October 2005

$1.8 Million to protect Myall and Wallis lakes


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today announced $1.8 million in funding to help prevent pollution entering the popular Myall and Wallis lakes in Northern NSW.

Senator Campbell said the funding formed part of the Australian Government’s Coastal Catchments Initiative (CCI) which aims to improve water quality by significantly reducing the amount of pollutants that are discharged into coastal water catchment areas.

"Myall Lake is a Ramsar wetland of international significance and a very popular tourist destination," Senator Campbell said.

"Both Myall and Wallis lakes support commercial fishing and large oyster farming and are very significant for their ecological and economic contributions to the region."

The funding will be provided to the local Great Lakes Council to:

The Australian Government’s Coastal Catchment Initiative focuses on a number of significant water catchment areas around the country including the Peel-Harvey Estuarine System in WA, Moreton Bay in Queensland and Adelaide Port Waterways.

Myall and Wallis lakes are part of the Great Lakes Catchment area located north of Newcastle, New South Wales, between Karuah and Forster-Tuncurry.

For more information on CCI go to www.deh.gov/coasts/pollution/cci/index.html

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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