The Hon Warwick Smith, Minister for Family Services
The Hon Peter Hodgman, Tasmanian Minister for the Environment
7 January 1998
The rehabilitation of Tasmania's coastline has been boosted by $335,000 Coastcare funding announced today by Family Services Minister Warwick Smith and Tasmanian Environment Minister Peter Hodgman.
The funding - more than double the amount of last year's - will allow 39 community coastal repair and management groups to undertake projects right around Tasmania's coast and its offshore islands, from the remote beaches of the south west coast to the Stanley Peninsula in the north west and Flinders Island in Bass Strait.
Mr Smith said continuing Government support for Tasmanian Coastcare projects reflects the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to involve the community in helping to look after the coastal resources of Australia's island State.
Under this year's grants, the Commonwealth will provide $230,668 with the remainder coming from the Tasmanian Government.
"Continuing community commitment, supported by Coastcare funding, is providing an answer to protecting some of the most spectacular and beautiful coastlines in the world," Mr Smith said.
"Tasmania's coasts are already benefiting from the work carried out by a diverse range of community groups."
Mr Hodgman said a feature of this year's Coastcare grants is a major project to rehabilitate and enhance the degraded areas surrounding the Port Latta pelletising plant.
"The $78,356 project, to be undertaken by the Stanley Peninsula Land and Coastcare group and Australian Bulk Minerals, will inject new life into the beaches, vegetation and landscape around the plant.
"The Surfrider Foundation Tasmania has received $10,880 for a beach clean up and marine debris survey along the south west coast of the State and a zig zag walkway will be built at Surf Club Point by the Lions Club of Penguin with part of the $5,690 funding they have received under the program."
Other successful community groups include the East Coast Regional Development Organisation which, with its $11,940 funding, will prepare and install interpretive displays depicting the lifestyle, site values and history of the `loontitetermairrelehoinner' people along the Waterloo Point Headland walking track.
The Taroona High and Primary School Parents and Friends group together with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council ($2,310) will conduct a study of the creeks and catchments adjacent to the Taroona High School grounds to produce an information leaflet and plant identification chart, and will rehabilitate midden areas, monitor the water quality of local creeks and revegetate the area with native species.
Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, States and Local Government under the Commonwealth Government's $125 million Coasts and Clean Seas program, a component of the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust.
General Media Enquiries:
Simon Eldridge, Minister Smith's office (03) 6334 8511 or 0412 321 515
Barbara Jones, Environment Australia (02) 6274 1296
Reid Thomas, Minister Hodgman's office (03) 6233 3466
Chris Rees, Tas Dept of Environment and Land Management (03) 6233 3963
7 January 1998
Note to Editors:
For details about individual projects contact your local Coastcare Facilitator:
Anna Wind, North West Region, Ulverstone (03) 6437 2332
Donnalee Young, North East Region, St Helens, (03) 6376 1281
Kimberly Willing, Southern Region, Hobart, (03) 6233 6427
1997-98 Coastcare Community Grants:
- Ansons Bay Coastcare Group, Environmentally Controlled Public Use of Wetlands and Beach, $4,845
- Australasian Raptor Association, Conservation of Tamar Estuary Eagles, $8,000
- Australian Bulk Minerals/Stanley Peninsula Land and Coastcare, Port Latta Coastal and Industrial Rehabilitation Project, $78,356
- Australian Bush Heritage Fund, Eradication of Euphorbia paralias (sea spurge) from the Kent Group of Islands, $1,860
- Bay of Fires Landcare Group, Strategic Action Plan for Sustainable Coastal Camping in the North East Region, $19,870
- Castle Forbes Bay Landcare Group, Foreshore and Wetlands Development, $3,100
- Cloudy Bay Surfriders/Bruny Island Protection Group, Rehabilitation of the Whalebone Walking Track (Cloudy Bay), $8,837
- Dover Cultural Resource Committee (Southport Coastcare Group), Burying Ground Point to Roaring Beach Coastcare Project, $4,650
- East Coast Regional Development Organisation, Waterloo Point Headland Walking Track and Rehabilitation Project - Stage 2, $11,940
- Flinders Island Council, Control and Monitoring of the Italian Land Snail in the Furneaux Group, $2,882
- Friends of Randalls Bay - Verona Sands Coastcare, Randalls Bay Coastal Revegetation and Restoration, Huon Valley, $8,650
- Lions Club of Penguin, Surf Club Point, Penguin - Walkway Access and Revegetation, $5,690
- Lulworth Coastcare Group, Coastal Access Rehabilitation at Lulworth, $3,341
- Marine and Coastal Community Network/Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Management Planning for Bass Strait Island Reserves, $8,276
- Marine Education Society of Australasia, Turning Tasmanian Teachers onto Coastal and Marine Action Programs, $5,164
- Mortimer Bay Coastcare Group, Mortimer Bay Coastal Precinct Activity Management Plan, $5,400
- O'Possum Bay Coastcare Group, O'Possum Bay Coastal Conservation Survey and Action Plan, $7,150
- Orford Primary School/Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, Bandicoots at the Beach, Orford - Stage 2, $3,820
- Parks and Wildlife Service, Eradication Methods of Bridal Creeper at Leith/Turners Beach, $359
- Sisters Beach Coastcare, Rehabilitation/Stabilisation of Sisters Beach Sand Dune, $2,900
- South Channel Coastcare, Three Hut Point Regeneration, $3,500
- Sulphur Creek Coastcare, Howth to Preservation Bay Beach Preservation Project, $8,008
- Surfing Tasmania Inc., Statewide Surf Site Rehabilitation Project/Shelly Point Coastal Reserve, 12,144
- Surfrider Foundation Tasmania, Renewed Marine Debris Monitoring Management Strategy, $5,000
- Surfrider Foundation Tasmania, South West Tasmania Marine Debris Clean Up and Survey, $10,880
- Taroona High and Primary School Parents and Friends/Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council, Taroona - Rehabilitation of Natural/Cultural Coastal Sites and Creeks, $2,310
- Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc., Chappell Island Land Rehabilitation, $23,700
- Tasmanian Climbers and Recreational Users, Sustainable Management of White Water Wall/Bluestone Bay, $7,680
- Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Tasmanian Marine Life Education Project for Schools, $7,275
- Tasmanian Environment Centre, Minimal Impact Boating Management Strategy, $16,880
- Tasmanian Marine Naturalists Association, Baseline Survey of Tasmanian Sea Dragon Population/Follow Up, $3,325
- Tasmanian Marine Naturalists Association, Develop a Kit to Raise Awareness of the Marine Environment, $7,800
- Turners Beach Coastcare Group, Forth River Beach Access, Site Revegetation and Weeding, $1,050
- Turners Beach Coastcare Group, Fencing and Revegetation of Forth River Mouth Bank, $253
- Turners Beach Coastcare Group, Lethbourg Pathway Beach Access Revegetation and Track Closure, $3,450
- University of Tasmania, Conservation of Foreshore, Wetlands and Indigenous Heritage Sites, $5,700
- White Beach Landcare Group Inc., Vegetation Management and Erosion Control, $7,380
- Windermere Coast/Landcare Group, Derwent Foreshore Community Management Participation Program, $2,240
- World Wide Fund for Nature (Threatened Species Network Tasmania), Tasmanian Beach Users Action Guide and Field Days, $9,298