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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
&
South Australian Minister for Environment and Heritage
The Hon Iain Evans

7 December 2001

OVER $500,000 TO PROTECT SA COAST


Coastcare volunteers were granted $504,341 today for 47 projects to protect and improve South Australia's coastline.

These funds are part of 300 grants totalling around $4.3 million for Coastcare projects nationally in 2001-2002.

Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Dr David Kemp and South Australian Environment and Heritage Minister Iain Evans said the support would back efforts by local communities committed to South Australia's marine and coastal environment.

The Ministers' announcement coincides with Coastcare Week. The theme for this year is Afloat and Aware, which focuses on sensitive small boating and fishing practices and marine pollution awareness.

Dr Kemp said the Coastcare program was one of the many continuing success stories of the $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust. "Coastcare is a great example of Federal, State and Territory Governments working cooperatively to maintain the beauty of much of our coastline and to tackle the problems posed by pollution, introduced marine pests and the impacts of recreational and commercial use.

"Since the Trust began 1996, more than 60,000 people and nearly 2000 community groups have tackled a range of projects including weed removal, dune and headland protection, wetland restoration, the construction of boardwalks and viewing platforms, cultural awareness and marine and intertidal zone awareness. Coastcare estimates that volunteers working on these projects have built around 186 kilometres of fencing and 67 kilometres of paths, cleared 1500 hectares of weeds and planted 610,000 plants."

Dr Kemp said the quality and scope of projects announced today is a strong sign that the community understands the merit of environmental protection through partnerships.

"The Natural Heritage Trust, through which Coastcare is funded, recognises the value of collaboration in tackling environmental problems at their source," Dr Kemp said.

"We are delighted to announce successful projects including a $17,980 grant to the Hindmarsh Island Landcare Group Inc. Funding will be used to raise and plant over 500 trees to create a more diverse ecosystem and improve wetland habitat for many species of waterbirds.

"The Robe Professional Fisherman's Association/SAFIC has received $6267 to monitor the status of litter in the sea at Robe and encourage the responsible disposal of ship-based litter within the fishing industry and wider community. The project will include surveys of litter and its collection by the community, as well as promotional and education activities.

"The Australian Dolphin Research Foundation has received $12,091 to develop an interpretive trail and brochure containing information on individual dolphins. With interpretive signage to highlight key viewing locations, the trail will play a valuable protection and education role.

"Nepean Bay Integrated Catchment Program will use $26,400 to monitor the water quality from sea, river and bore sites to determine the pollution inputs into the Bay, which are responsible for the loss of seagrass. The project will establish riparian fencing and revegetation and raise community awareness about potential pollution areas.

"The end result of all these projects will be the continued health of South Australia's coastal and marine environment," Dr Kemp said.

Mr Evans said the 47 new projects reaffirm the Federal and State Government's partnership with community groups to protecting and restoring South Australia's coastline.

"I applaud all Coastcare volunteers for their tireless efforts at protecting our environment for future generations," Mr Evans said.

"Thousands of volunteers each week tackle South Australia's coastal environmental problems such as dune erosion, weed invasion and the spread of feral animals. By improving beach access, erecting fences, removing weeds and raising awareness about our marine and coastal environment, our volunteers are helping to preserve our beautiful coastline.

"More than 380 projects have been supported by Coastcare in South Australia over the past five years. This adds up to over $2.5 million in funding and thousands of volunteer hours to help conserve our coastal waters, beaches and marine life.

"New projects today will build on the environmental milestones achieved by previous Coastcare works," Mr Evans said.

Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, South Australian and Local governments. Commonwealth funding is provided through the Natural Heritage Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative and is matched by the South Australian Government. Successful applicants and local management agencies also contribute to the cost of projects and provide in-kind assistance.

A list of South Australian funded projects is attached. Further details on projects in your local area can be obtained from the South Australian coordinator, Sam Penney on 08 8204 9192.

A full list of projects funded in South Australia is available at www.deh.gov.au/minister/env/2001/mr07dec01.html

7 December 2001

Media enquiries:
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp's office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Kelly Stevens (Minister Evan's office) (08) 8303 2185 or 0405 191 732


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