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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Coastcare Boost for Gilmore


23 January 1997
(06/97)

Community groups in the Federal electorate of Gilmore are set to benefit from the announcement of almost $90,000 in Coastcare grants.

The funds are part of grants totalling almost $1 million for New South Wales Coastcare to be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced the funding for the Gilmore projects during a visit to the electorate with Federal MP Joanna Gash.

Senator Hill says the Gilmore projects reflect the growing community interest in the protection of our coasts and beaches.

"Coastcare has been able to provide funding of $89,600 for seven projects in Gilmore.

"These projects range from restoring a valuable remnant bushland area adjacent to Nelson Bay, to efforts to control the spread of Bitou bush in the Culberra Beach region.

"The most important aspect of all of these projects is that it is the local community providing the drive and commitment to restore, protect and manage their local coastal environment.

"The Federal Government is committed to backing the environmental efforts of the people of Gilmore and with the support of Joanna Gash we look forward to being able to build on these projects in the future.'

A full list of Coastcare projects for the seat of Gilmore is attached.

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