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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

5 October 1999

COMMUNITY GROUP HELPS 'GREEN' PERTH CITY'S COASTAL FRINGE


The Friends of Allen Park community group, local defence personnel from Campbell Barracks and the City of Nedlands have joined together to help protect and restore bushland and coastal dunes along Perth's magnificent Swanbourne beach, as part of the Federal Government's $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage today met with the Friends of Allen Park Community Group on-site at local parklands behind the Swanbourne SLSC to inspect project works and discuss local environmental priorities.

"As part of the 1999-2000 NHT grants the Friends of Allen Park will receive $12,082 in federal funding to protect an eleven-hectare area along the city's coastal fringe," Sharman Stone said.

"Over the next year the group aims to replant 12,500 native trees and shrubs with seed sourced from locally established native vegetation, remove feral weeds and undertake a survey of local birds and reptiles."

"This is an important local project, bringing together the community and the local council to help protect and restore part of Perth's marvellous coastline. It's what the Natural Heritage Trust is all about - helping communities protect and restore our country's unique and fragile natural resources."

This year the Federal Government will invest more than $10 million in Bushcare projects throughout Western Australia.

"Through the Natural Heritage Trust Bushcare program, the Federal Government, together with the support of all states and territories, aims to reverse the long-term decline in the quality and extent of native vegetation by June 2001," Sharman Stone said.

"There is no doubt this will be a challenging task given current land clearing rates around the country. However, with the help of volunteer community groups like the Friends of Allen Park, and thousands of others, we have a real opportunity to achieve this goal over the next few years."

The Allen Park Coastal Bushland 2000 Regeneration Project is one of 370 Natural Heritage Trust projects happening throughout Western Australia. In 1999-2000, $29.2 million will be invested in a range of environmental and sustainable agriculture projects throughout the state.

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

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