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Natural Heritage Trust

Joint Statement by Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill, and
Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson


28 March 1999

Planning projects to underpin the future use and care of Australia's coastal and marine environments feature in the latest round of Federal Government funding from the Natural Heritage Trust.

Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill has announced $1.9 million from the Trust's Coastal and Marine Planning Program to support 17 diverse environmental planning projects spanning Australia's coastline.

Senator Hill says the long-term sustainable use of coastal and marine areas must be well coordinated and planned, and this is not yet occurring consistently around Australia.

The projects in this round promote planning to reduce potential and existing pressures on marine environments from such factors as urban development, tourism and industry.

"Australia's largest ever environmental rescue effort is well under way with the backing of Natural Heritage Trust initiatives such as the Coastal and Marine Planning Program.

"Planning projects make an important contribution to the improved management and protection of Australia's coast and complement the on-ground work being done through other Trust programs.

"The Darwin City Council receives $80 000 to work in cooperation with industry to improve the quality of stormwater flowing from the Winnellie industrial site and nearby areas into Darwin Harbour.

"In New South Wales, four projects totalling $356 000 will aim to improve the management and protection of coastal and marine resources in the Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and Byron shires, and at wetlands in the Sydney metropolitan region.

"Two projects in Queensland totalling $130 000 will address issues threatening sustainable development in the Carpentaria and Broadsound shires, including an area next to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

"A management plan covering four hundred kilometres of coastline from the River Murray to the Victorian border will be the outcome of a $150 700 project in South Australia.

"In Western Australia, three projects totalling $405 000 will aim to implement a coastal strategy for the south coast of WA, combine existing planning schemes into one to better manage the Carnavon Shire and develop a management plan for Christmas Island's east coast beaches.

"Funding of $554 200 for three projects in Victoria will target the overall approach to managing Port Phillip Bay, the protection of intertidal areas around Otway National Park and the design of a coastal management plan for the Gippsland coast.

"Three Tasmanian projects, totalling $279 000, will aim to improve the management and protection of coastal and marine resources around the Tamar River Estuary, the State's south east coast and in an area stretching from Marion Bay to Bellingham."

Senator Hill's announcement coincides with national Seaweek '99.

The Coastal and Marine Planning Program is part of the Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative, contributing to the conservation, sustainable use and repair of Australia's coastal and marine environments.

The funding announced today is for the 1998-99 financial year.

A list of the 17 projects is attached.

Rod Bruem (Senator Hill) 02 62777 7640 or 0411 128 582
Margaret Tailby (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1430

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