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Media Release

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


22 July 1998

Research to enable the identification of processes threatening seagrasses in the Great Sandy Region 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 projects will help prevent pollution entering our coastal waters and protect our marine creatures.

Senator Macdonald says outcomes of the project will feed into management plans, habitat protection strategies and public education.

"With a $150,000 grant, the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage will assess the processes threatening seagrasses in the region through mapping seagrass meadows, establishing key monitoring sites and training local community groups to monitor seagrass change. "

"Similar marine life projects will be conducted at Woongarra Marine Park, which is a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead and the protected green turtle."

"This a $39,825 project, run by the Australian Marine Conservation Society, to provide initial environmental baseline data and training for community participation in monitoring of the Woongarra Marine Park."

"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

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

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