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

20 September 2005

Calling all coastal custodians


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has invited nominations from organisations or individuals for the $5000 Minister’s Award for Coastal Custodians for 2005.

Senator Campbell said the national winner will be announced during Coastcare Week in early December 2005.

“This is the fourth year that the award has been presented. Last year’s award was presented to a group of volunteers from Victoria’s Gippsland coast, who identified and then eradicated an infestation of introduced marine pest, the northern pacific seastar, from the waters around the town of Inverloch,” Senator Campbell said.

“The objectives of the Minister’s Award for Coastal Custodians are to encourage a culture of custodianship among Australians for their coastal and marine environments and to foster partnerships and cooperation to this end between individuals, organisations, schools, business and industry.

“In this way, Australians can work together to preserve the health, integrity and diversity of our coasts and oceans,” he said.

Entries close on Friday, 11 November 2005.

More details about the Minister’s Award including eligibility criteria can be found at http://www.oceans.gov.au/Coastal_custodians_2005.jsp

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office)  (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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