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JOINT STATEMENT
Senator the Hon Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment
The Hon Richard Amery, NSW Minister for Land and Water Conservation

OUR COAST - ONE IN A MILLION


5 December 1997
(145/97)

Community coastal repair and management projects in NSW have attracted over $1 million Coastcare funding.

Funding for the 94 projects, developed by local community groups together with local coastal managers, was announced today by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and NSW Land and Water Conservation Minister Richard Amery.

The projects are spread along the entire NSW coast and will continue community efforts to arrest damage to Australia's coastal and marine environment.

Senator Hill says the Commonwealth Government's $512,000 contribution to NSW Coastcare projects reflects the Government's ongoing commitment to involve the community in helping conserve and protect Australia's priceless coastal resources.

`The successful projects include a $28,251 project to be undertaken by the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corporation for conservation and interpretation of North-East Gumbaingirr coastal sites, and a $22,100 Batemans Bay Water Garden Boardwalk construction project.

`I am pleased to see that Coastcare groups are also tackling important marine issues in the lead up to the International Year of the Ocean.'

Ocean Watch Australia will undertake an $8,750 project to educate fishermen about marine debris and the Marine and Coastal Community Network ($11,015) will monitor and help manage sea horse and sea dragon populations.

The Coastcare program is in its third year in NSW with funding provided jointly, on a matching basis, by the Commonwealth and State Governments.

Mr Amery says the Coastcare program is an important avenue for encouraging the community to get involved in looking after our coast by cleaning up beaches and stabilising dunes.

`The Anna Bay Boardriders will be doing just this along One Mile Beach near Anna Bay.

`The Community Dune Care Group ($6,570) will improve both access and the dune system and provide observation facilities to help preserve Ballina Lighthouse Beach.

`Further south near Stuart's Point, the Yarrahapini Wetland Trust ($29,400) will build an elevated boardwalk across an area of regenerating mangroves at the Yarrahapini Wetland Reserve as part of the indigenous component of Coastcare.'

Today's announcement coincided with events surrounding Coastcare Week (1-7 December 1997).

Coastcare is the community cornerstone of Coast and Clean Seas - the Federal Government's $125 million coastal and marine program under the Natural Heritage Trust. It is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, States and Local Governments.

Media contacts:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill's office) (02) 6277 7640
Barbara Jones (Environment Australia) (02) 6274 1296
Dennis Driver (Mr Amery’s office) (02) 9372 0123
Sara Williams (Land and Water Conservation Dept) (02) 9372 7606

5 December 1997
145/97

Note to Editors:
For details about individual projects contact your local Coastcare Facilitator:
Far North Region, Suzanne Byrne (02) 6645 2266
Mid North Coast, Lachie Whetham (02) 6591 6351
Central Coast/Sydney, Melissa Bradbury (02) 9970 1169
South Coast, Peter Chapple (02) 4232 3652.

1997-98 Coastcare Community Grants:

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