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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

GLADSTONE FEATURES IN $1.1M COASTAL FUNDING


22 July 1998

The Rehabilitation Strategy for Gladstone Harbour is one of 14 projects in the State to receive Natural Heritage Trust coastal funding of $1.1 million.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Townsville based Senator, Ian Macdonald says the Gladstone region, centred around its deep water natural harbour and the largest multi-commodity port in Queensland, is fast developing into Queensland's major industrial centre in Australia in the 21st century.

Senator Macdonald says the $200,000 project will provide a forum for the key industry players, government, and members of the community to identify practical actions to ensure the sustainable use of Gladstone Harbour.

"The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage is the lead proponent of the project."

"In addition, the Livingstone Shire Council has received a $40,000 grant to install a rubbish collector and pollutant trap at the ocean outlets of two of Yeppoon's main drainage systems to prevent further pollution of the town's coastline.

"These pollutant traps can stop rubbish such as plastic bags and cigarette butts form being washed into the ocean."

"Similarly, Calliope Shire Council is attacking pollution with a grant of $19,011 for the Creek Road Stormwater Outlet Stabilisation."

"This project will address the problem of erosion and pollution by sediments through a stabilisation project for the Wild Cattle Creek."

"The end result of all of these projects will be cleaner beaches and a healthier environment for our marine wildlife."

The Natural Heritage Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative will provide $125 million over five years to support the conservation, repair and sustainable use of Australia's coastal and marine environment.

Information on how to apply for funding from the Natural Heritage Trust is available by telephoning Environment Australia's Community Information Unit on freecall 1800 803 772.

Wednesday, 22 July 1998

Contacts:
Phil Connole (Senator Macdonald's Office) 07 4771 3066
Conall O'Connell (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1403

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