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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

$3 MILLION FOR COASTAL CLEAN UP


5 May 1998

Community groups across North Queensland are being urged to head down to their favourite beach to help clean up Queensland's coastline.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Senator Ian Macdonald has advised that the Federal Government has $3 million on offer to help community groups repair, protect and enhance their local coastal environment.

"North Queensland has one of the longest and most beautiful coastlines in the world, and it is a source of pride for all of us. But the reality is many of our beaches are polluted and vegetation which once covered sand dunes has gone and with it the animals which depended on it for their survival.

"Coastcare has been one of the major success stories of our $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust. We have already been able to fund hundreds of community groups in a wide range of coastal protection projects.

"These range from sand dune restoration, the building of walking tracks to protect dune vegetation, weed eradication, litter clean-ups on remote beaches and monitoring of the health of local reefs," Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald has called for applications for Coastcare funding in 1998-99, and has advised that a guide to make applying as simple as possible. The guides are available by calling 1 800 803 772, from Senator Macdonald's office or their local Federal Member's office. Applications close on 26 June 1998.

ENDS
5 May 1998

For more information contact Philip Connole (07) 4771 3066 or 0411 042 813

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