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Media Release
Joint Statement
Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz and
Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment, David Llewellyn

COASTCARE PROTECTING TASMANIA'S COASTAL REACHES


16 March 1999

Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz and Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment David Llewellyn today announced $250,000 funding for 35 Coastcare projects along the Tasmanian coast.

Senator Abetz said the projects offer an opportunity to increase the hands-on involvement of local communities in marine and coastal issues.

"Coastcare is a highly successful national program and at its core is community involvement in coastal protection," Senator Abetz said.

"The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments recognise that partnerships between governments and the community are vital in protecting the coastal environment.

"The 1998-99 Coastcare projects encourage the community to take a broader approach to coastal environmental and management issues.

"They combine on-ground community action, such as dune revegetation and habitat protection, with broader education and community awareness of coastal and marine conservation.

"The Tasmanian community has shown great enthusiasm for protecting and repairing its coastal environment, including estuarine and intertidal areas."

Minister Llewellyn said over the last three years, Coastcare projects have made an important contribution to coastal protection and repair works around Tasmania.

"This year's projects will build on the communities efforts to date," Mr Llewellyn said.

"The Cremorne Coastcare group will use its $12,100 grant to rehabilitate the Pipe Clay Lagoon. The funding will be used to revegetate and stabilise the lagoon area.

"A 3,000 grant will enable Rosetta High School students to weed and replant a degraded area of the Islet Rivulet on the Derwent River foreshore.

"The Bicheno Earth and Ocean Network will receive $5,000 to involve the community in a series of activities to clean up and revegetate the Gulch area as part of a longer term community awareness campaign.

"While the Friends of Lillico Penguins will benefit from a $24,100 grant to construct a penguin fence for wildlife protection, and to formalise beach access points for added habitat protection."

Other Coastcare grants include $15,530 to the Rubicon Coast and Landcare group to help revegetate the Hawley foreshore area. Over 6,000 indigenous species will be planted with the help of Coastcare funding, and a further 4,000 plants will be propagated for the following year.

Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, States, the Northern Territory and Local Governments. Commonwealth funding is provided through the Natural Heritage Trust for the environment. Successful applicants and local management agencies also contribute to the cost of projects and provide 'in-kind' assistance.

Media Contacts:
Helen Squire (Senator Abetz' Office) 03 6224 3707
Mark Thomas (Minister Llewellyn's Office) 03 6233 2170
Mark Flanigan (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1917
Chris Rees (Dept of Primary Industries, Water and Environment) 03 6233 3963
16 March 1999

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