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

23 December 1999

QLD COASTS BENEFIT FROM $1M TRUST FUNDS


Treated waste water will be used by a major industrial plant instead of being pumped into Moreton Bay in Queensland under a major project which has received $400,000 from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage Robert Hill announced funding today for the project, one of nine in Queensland to share in a total of $1.19 million Trust funding.

The waste water reuse project, involving Brisbane City Council and BP Oil, involves reducing treated effluent discharge at Luggage Point on Moreton Bay by recycling the water for the BP Oil plant.

The project will include a continuous micro-filtration pre-treatment plant, a reverse osmosis plant, a buffer storage tank to supplement BP Oil's on-site storage capacity and a pumping station to transport treated effluent to the BP Oil site.

Senator Hill said the project was a fine example of how communities can employ technological advances and creative thinking to reduce the environmental impacts people have on the coast.

"Through Coasts and Clean Seas the Howard Government is supporting a range of projects that use innovative technology and promote better treatment and reuse of waste water," Senator Hill said.

Other projects funded today will address stormwater pollution, marine biodiversity and water quality issues throughout Queensland.

They include $76,458 to the Whitsunday Rivers Integrated Catchment Management Association to monitor the effects of catchment activities and land use on the downstream marine and estuarine environment.

The information collected will be used by management agencies to set performance standards for discharges from river systems to marine and estuarine waters.

The Mackay Turtle Watch Association has received $40,000 to survey the population size and distribution of turtles in the Mackay and Whitsunday region. The information will be used to develop strategies to conserve turtles and their nesting sites in this area.

The projects are funded under the Natural Heritage Trust's $141 million Coasts and Clean Seas initiative to support the conservation, repair and sustainable use of Australia's coastal and marine environment.

"The end result of all these exciting projects will be cleaner beaches, improved water quality and a better understanding of the impact of human and natural activities on marine biodiversity," Senator Hill said.

This latest round of Coasts and Cleans Seas funding brings to a total of $13,302,763 million dedicated to clean seas, coastal monitoring and marine species protection projects in Queensland.

In the cooperative spirit of the Trust, the Federal Government's 1999-2000 contribution will be boosted by $25.9 million from State and local governments and the community.

A list of funded projects is attached.

Media contacts:
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Ellie Austin (Queensland Coasts and Clean Seas Coordinator) 07 3227 7882
Conall O'Connell (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1466

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