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Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment
The Hon Kim Yeadon MP, NSW Minister for Land and Water Resources
Joint Statement

Coast Looks a Million Dollars


23 January 1997
(04/97)

Community efforts to restore and protect the New South Wales coastline have been given a boost of almost a million dollars by the Federal and State Governments.

Coastcare funding will enable community groups to undertake a total of 85 coastal restoration, protection and management projects at various locations along the New South Wales coast.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and New South Wales Minister for Land and Water Conservation, Kim Yeadon, today announced funding of $990,000 for Coastcare projects in New South Wales.

The funding is double the amount made available for New South Wales Coastcare projects last year.

Senator Hill said local communities all around the country are making an invaluable contribution to the protection and rehabilitation of Australia's coasts.

"Australians love their coasts and beaches. They are already out there working to restore and protect them. Here in New South Wales in particular, communities have a long history of caring for our coasts. What we are seeking to do in cooperation with the State Government is to build on that community effort and enthusiasm by providing financial backing.

"The problems facing our coastal regions should not be underestimated. We have taken our beaches and seas for granted for far too long. With the help of Coastcare, the community is now turning that around."

Mr Yeadon said the range and quality of applications for Coastcare funding demonstrated the commitment of the community to protecting the New South Wales coastline.

"More and more people from a variety of backgrounds are getting involved with managing and repairing our coastline-scuba divers, management trusts, Aboriginal Community Councils, surfriders, preservation groups, and fishing clubs for example, as well as our extensive network of Dune Care groups.

"Here, at the height of summer, the people of New South Wales are once again flocking to their favourite beaches and coastal areas. The commitment of community groups across the State will help ensure our coastline remains one of our most valuable assets."

Successful 1996/97 projects include:

The Commonwealth and State Governments are providing matching funding for Coastcare grants. Local Government is supporting community groups on individual projects.

Coastcare is a community based coastal management program designed to provide an opportunity for all members of the community to be actively involved in identifying potential and existing problems on the coast, and developing and implementing appropriate solutions.

For more information on New South Wales Coastcare projects contact the New South Wales Coastcare Coordinator, Sara Williams Ph: (02) 9372 7606

Media inquiries: Matt Brown on (06) 277 7640 or 0419 693 515 (Commonwealth)

Frier Bentley on (02) 9228 3688 (New South Wales)

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