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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

21 April 1999

NATIVE BUSHLAND REVIVES COASTAL GREENSPACE


With help from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust, pockets of native bushland along Tallebudgera Creek and the Burleigh coastline are undergoing vital renewal and regeneration, Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, said today.

On the Gold Coast to inspect work being done on-site, Mrs Stone and Federal Member for McPherson, Margaret May MP, praised the efforts of the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council Association in getting the community-based revegetation project up and running.

"The native vegetation being planted will restore vital habitats and help bring native animals, reptiles, frogs, fish and insects back into this green haven in the heart of the Gold Coast," Sharman Stone said.

Tallebudgera Greenspace, a corridor of bushland running between Burleigh Heads National Park and the Pacific Highway, is one of the few remaining areas of native bushland left along the coastal strip. The area is also considered an important Koala habitat.

"Urbanisation has had a dramatic impact upon coastal fringe plant and wildlife. Tallebudgera Greenspace is one of the few areas left on the Coast that can actually sustain native plant and wildlife, making the community's efforts to repair, replant and monitor the health of the area vitally important," Sharman Stone said.

As part of the project volunteers will:

"Collecting locally harvested native seed is vitally important to preserve the region's unique flora. Because it has already adapted to local climatic, hydrological and soil conditions it has the best chance of survival once planted," Sharman Stone said.

"Locally grown plants and trees also provide essential food for native wildlife, help reduce the damaging effects of soil erosion caused by clearing and control weed infestation and other pests."

To date, the Commonwealth has provided $9,500 in funding for the Tallebudgera Greenspace Bush Regeneration Project through the Natural Heritage Trust, with an additional $8,000 provided by the Association.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415

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