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

Funding boost for environmental monitoring in Jervis Bay


23 January 1997
(05/97)

Community efforts to protect the unique environmental beauty of Jervis Bay have been given a $50,000 boost by the Federal Government.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced that the Lower Shoalhaven Catchment Management Committee will receive the money to support its work in monitoring the environmental health of Jervis Bay.

Jervis Bay has extensive seagrass beds, coastal wetlands, dunes, wading birds, fairy penguins, renowned diving sites and productive fishing grounds.

Senator Hill says the monitoring project will help the Committee identify the key problems confronting the Bay and the likely causes of those problems.

"Jervis Bay is a priceless natural asset and it is pleasing to see the whole community working together to keep it that way.

"Community groups and schools will play an important role in this project. They will participate in monitoring freshwater quality in local creeks, seagrasses, algae and beach litter, boat usage, birds and dolphins.

"Equipped with the information from this monitoring program, local managers will be able to take steps to remedy the problems facing the Bay."

Senator Hill says the Federal Government has shown it is strongly committed to backing community-based efforts to restore and protect the environment.

"The Lower Shoalhaven Catchment Management Committee is an excellent example of communities taking action at the grass-roots level to protect their local environment.

"The project has received strong support from their local Federal MP Joanna Gash and the Government is pleased to be able to back that up by providing the finances to the Committee for its work."

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