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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Hon Peter McGauran MP

8 December 2006

$1 Million boost for national Coastcare programme


Efforts to protect Australia’s precious coasts received a boost today under a $1 million Australian Government funding grant for Landcare Australia’s national Coastcare programme.

The two-year Natural Heritage Trust funding was announced today by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran.

“The Australian Government is proud to support Landcare Australia Limited (LAL) and its work protecting our coasts through the national Coastcare programme,” Senator Campbell said.

“Australia’s coasts form a unique part our lifestyle and Landcare does great work protecting and conserving them for us all to enjoy.

“Landcare helps our coasts through awareness campaigns such as Coastcare Week and World Environment Day and also unites businesses with volunteers and community groups through corporate sponsorship of important on-ground coastal environment projects.”

Senator Campbell said Landcare’s work complemented the Australian Government’s work to conserve our coasts through national and regional funding from the Natural Heritage Trust.

“Landcare Australia has been extremely successful in attracting corporate support for coastal projects, with several major Australian companies donating cash or in-kind services to help volunteers with their on-the-ground work,” Senator Campbell said.

Mr McGauran said the Coastcare programme aligned closely with work undertaken by regional natural resource management groups by targeting activities at the local level.

“There are now more than 60,000 volunteers working in over 2000 Coastcare groups around the country, dedicating their time and energy to looking after our iconic coastline,” Mr McGauran said.

“These people are the lifeblood of Australia’s sustainability – they’re the success story behind projects that tackle local problems like dune erosion, invasive weeds, storm water pollution and urban pressures on the fragile coastal environment.

“Landcare Australia, through the Coastcare programme, is giving our hard-working volunteers and community groups the recognition, support and resources they need to ensure our world-renowned coasts can be enjoyed now and into the future.”

For more information visit the Coastcare website at www.coastcare.com.au.
For more information on the Natural Heritage Trust visit www.nht.gov.au.

Media contacts:
Minister Campbell: Rob Broadfield (02) 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Minister McGauran: Ben Houston (02) 6277 7520

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