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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

23 December 1999

CLEANER SEAS AND ESTUARIES FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA


Boosting the health of South Australia's coastal and marine waters is the focus of 6 new Natural Heritage Trust projects announced today by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill.

The projects have received a total of $461,500 from the Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas initiative.

According to Senator Hill the projects will make a significant contribution to improving water quality, relieving pressure on South Australia's beaches and coastal areas.

"Through Coasts and Clean Seas the Howard Government is supporting a range of projects that use innovative technology and promote the reuse and better treatment of waste water.

"For example, the Patawalonga Catchment Water Management Board has received $250,000 funding to construct a wetland and install a gross pollutant trap at Morphettville Racecourse to redirect stormwater from the Gulf of St Vincent to the racecourse. This new system will each year provide 120 megalitres of stormwater for reuse, reducing demand on town water supplies.

"With the assistance of $95,000 funding, the District Council of Tumby Bay will reuse treated effluent from a local caravan park and residential dwellings on adjacent parklands, significantly reducing pollution of the coastal environment at Port Neill.

"The District Council of Ceduna will use its $41,000 funding to reduce the uncontrolled disposal of human waste and related pollutants into Davenport Creek, protecting the creek's fragile estuarine environment and mangrove area.

"Ceduna Council has also received $5,000 to fund a study to identify opportunities for best practice wastewater reuse techniques to utilise effluent collected under the proposed Smoky Bay Septic Effluent Disposal Scheme at Smoky Bay.

"The City of Port Adelaide Enfield has received $15,000 to reduce the impact of contaminated stormwater on Port River, Barker Inlet and West Lakes.

"With $55,500 funding, the District Council of Alexandrina will install gross pollutant traps in the Middleton to Port Elliot area and at Goolwa to improve the quality of stormwater discharging from the Council's coastline.

"All these projects are great examples of the community, industry and government working in partnership to conserve our environment for future generations."

The Trust's Coasts and Clean Seas component supports the conservation, repair and sustainable use of Australia's coastal and marine environments.

This latest round of Coasts and Cleans Seas funding brings to a total of $4,292,987 dedicated to clean seas, coastal monitoring and marine species protection projects in South Australia.

A list of funded projects is attached.

Media contacts:
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Damian Moroney (SA Coasts and Clean Seas Coordinator) 08 8224 2046
Margaret Tailby (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1466

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