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Joint Statement by Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill, and
Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson
22 July 1997
EMBARGO 12 NOON 22 JULY 1997
Cleaner beaches, less water pollution, protecting endangered species and securing the future of Australia's great pastimes like surfing and fishing will be the main outcomes of the Coalition Government's Coasts and Clean Seas program officially launched today.
In total, Coasts and Clean Seas will invest $125 million over five years - the largest funding commitment made by any Australian Government to protect and manage our marine environment.
Coasts and Clean Seas delivers on yet another Coalition election promise and is a key component of the Government's $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust for the environment.
Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer also announced 15 projects that have been funded by Coasts and Clean Seas. The projects focus on supporting community activities and action in local areas as part of a coordinated national plan for the protection and restoration of our coastal environment.
The Government's Coasts and Clean Seas will:
The Government is committed to protecting marine species like whales, fish, sharks, seabirds and turtles, while promoting job-creating ocean industries in a way which does not threaten our marine environment.
Coasts and Clean Seas will complement the Oceans Policy in providing a sensible framework in which communities, environmentalists and industry can work together to achieve our long term goals of marine biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources.
Community projects which demonstrate on ground environmental action will get the lion's share of funding including Coastcare projects which have been allocated $27.3 million.
Other activities to be supported included: improving the capability of people and organisations charged with managing our coastal environments ($2.7 million); developing an "electronic map" of relevant information to assist coastal managers with planning and decision-making ($3.2 million); and coastal monitoring to identify problem areas and test the success of community and government action ($4.2 million).
Advertisements calling for applications for Clean Seas, Introduced Marine Pests, and Marine Species Protection programs will be placed nationally in coming weeks.
The Coasts and Clean Seas Initiative is an important part of the Government's agenda of getting on with the job of sensible environmental management.
Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office)
06 277 7640
Darryl Hockey (Mr Anderson's office)
0419 244 521
For Fisheries Action Program
Bob Baudino (Senator Parer's office)
06 277 7440