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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Mr Damian Hale MP
Member for Solomon

Mindil Beach cooperation is caring for our country

Media release
7 August 2009
PG/315

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A joint project between the Larrakia, the Darwin City Council and the local community is helping to keep Darwin's Mindil Beach in good shape.

Visiting the project today, Environment Minister Peter Garrett praised the work of the project participants.

"The work here on Mindil beach is a great example of what can be achieved with some funding from the Australian Government and a cooperative hands-on approach from local people," Mr Garrett said.

"Using more than $45, 000 in funding from the Coastcare program, those involved in this great project have removed weeds, planted grass and erected fences to manage access to the dunes and improve access to the beach.

"At the same time they've provided a really critical habitat link between East Point and Myilly Point.

"This is a great example of the type of work that is underway right around the country where community groups, natural resource management organisations, local government, volunteers and others are working together on a whole raft of different projects through the Rudd Government's $2 billion Caring for our Country initiative.

"They're working towards a set of national priorities targeting Australia's most pressing environmental needs to deliver measurable outcomes for our environment."

The Australian Government has recently announced $429 million in the Caring for our Country 2009-10 funding round with more funding announcements yet to come.

Five projects are being funded specifically for work in the Northern Territory totalling $9.4 million with a further $24.2 million being allocated to three national projects with a significant amount of their work to be done in the Northern Territory.

"A feature of many of the projects being funded is they address underlying causes of environmental degradation and are likely to have a lasting impact that extends beyond their funded term," Mr Garrett said.

"One important example of this approach is providing funding of $2.8 million to the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group to continue their multi award-winning Carpentaria Ghost Nets Program, which protects marine life, including threatened marine turtles, from discarded fishing gear and nets."

Further information about the Caring for our Country Business Plan Investments for 2009-10 and a full listing of all successful grants is available at www.nrm.gov.au 

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