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Media Release
Joint Statement by
Federal Minister for the Environment, Robert Hill, and
Victorian Minister for Conservation and Land
Management, Marie Tehan

WIDE RANGING PROJECTS TARGET THE COAST


20 November 1997
(139/97)

Funding for ninety-five wide ranging community projects aimed at repairing Victoria's coastal and marine environment was announced today by Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, and Victorian Conservation and Land Management Minister, Marie Tehan.

Funding of almost $775,000 through the Commonwealth Coastcare program and State Coast Action Program has been allocated to local managers and community groups to undertake the projects.

Senator Hill says the Commonwealth Government's $427,000 contribution and the range of projects funded are testament to the Commonwealth Government's commitment to working in partnership with the community to carry out important coastal repair work.

"The successful projects range from a $2500 project to be undertaken by Friends of the Brighton Dunes for rehabilitation of a heritage area with significant regional vegetation to a $25,800 Swan Bay catchment management project."

"Other projects include the restoration and protection of Point Impossible - an area of high environmental and cultural significance."

Mrs Tehan says the projects cover the whole of Victoria.

"Thirty seven projects will take place in the central part of Victoria covering the area broadly around Port Phillip Bay and Westernport, 26 on the eastern coastline and 21 in the west."

"These projects include the construction of a walking track linking the coastal communities of Corinella and Coronet Bay, rehabilitation of the dunes at popular Frankston Beach and a $20,000 Anglesea Clean Up the River project."

Six projects, totalling nearly $100,000, cover the whole of the State. Two involve education programs on fisheries issues for people of non-English speaking backgrounds, including the continuing employment of a Vietnamese cultural coast coordinator.

Five projects costing a total of $90,000 will be carried out by Indigenous communities. They include works aimed at protecting sites of cultural significance, educational programs and a State-wide photographic competition highlighting coastal issues.

Three hundred and fifty community coastal improvement projects have been undertaken since the Victorian Government's Coast Action Program began in 1994. Total funding for the projects has now reached $2.4 million.

Victoria's efforts in coastal management and restoration were boosted last year by the partnership with the Federal Government's Coastcare Program which has almost doubled funds available for community projects.

Under the partnership, funds from the Federal Government's $125 million Coasts and Clean Seas program, a component of the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust, are administered by the Coast Action Program to ensure that projects are integrated and consistent.

General Media Inquiries:
Matt Brown (Senator Hill's Office) (02) 6277 7640
David Forsyth (Environment Australia) 018 620 108
Jon Phillips (Marie Tehan's Office) (03) 9651 5799
Peter McLaughlin (NRE Media Liaison) (03) 9637 8039

20 November 1997
139/97

Commonwealth of Australia