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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

08 February 2002

Local Community Group Wins National Race Around the Catchment Award


A Perth community group today received national recognition for its outstanding efforts to restore the Bayswater catchment.

The Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said the work of the group highlighted the importance of protecting Australia's waterways.

"I congratulate the Bayswater Integrated Catchment Management Group on its winning entry in the Adult and Community category of Race Around the Catchment, a national multimedia competition to promote water quality issues.

"The group submitted a comprehensive video showing its catchment which has over 214km of waterways, all leading into the Swan River. The group explained that for certain animals and plants to survive, there must be minimal nutrient levels entering the waterways.

"Funding of over $127,000 from the Commonwealth Government's Natural Heritage Trust has allowed the group to plant native species that have transformed dull drains into natural, healthy, living streams," Dr Kemp said.

The Bayswater Integrated Catchment Management Group was founded in 1993 in response to a large number of fish deaths in the catchment.

The community group has been successful on many levels, from creating homes for plants and animals, to restoring the natural habitat and encouraging environmentally aware behaviour in the local children.

"I commend the efforts of this group and that of all other entrants for their hard work throughout Australia. The standard of submissions has been particularly high," Dr Kemp said.

The Bayswater Integrated Catchment Management Group was today presented with $2000 worth of water monitoring equipment. National sponsors of the competition include Vendart, Merck, Hanna Instruments and the Australian Water Association, in partnership with the Natural Heritage Trust through Waterwatch Australia.

Waterwatch Australia, the organiser of the competition, is a national community water monitoring program funded by the $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust, with contributions from State Governments and other in-kind support. There are over 50,000 Australians participating in the program nationally and regular monitoring occurs at over 5000 sites across Australia.

For more information on Waterwatch and how to get involved please visit www.waterwatch.org.au

Media contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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