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Queensland's coast gets a Christmas boost

Queensland's beaches and coastline have been given an early Christmas present with almost $900,000 of funding for coastal repair works.

The Commonwealth and Queensland Government have joined forces to fund 66 community projects to repair and manage the State's coastline.

The projects, developed by local community groups, will receive $885,000 in Coastcare funding - nearly $270,000 more than last year.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Queensland Environment Minister Brian Littleproud say the funding will give a timely boost to our beaches.

Senator Hill says the summer holiday season will provide a focus for the need to protect our coastline.

"Our coasts and beaches are one of our most important natural assets. Countless numbers of Queenslanders and interstate and overseas tourists will flock to the State's beaches this summer.

"It really gives us cause to stop and think about how we are managing our coastline and whether we are running the risk of loving our beaches to death.

"Local communities are recognising the stresses being placed on the coast and are taking action to properly manage and protect their beaches.

"Through Coastcare we can provide them with the financial and technical support they need to ensure their efforts are successful."

Mr Littleproud says along with the obvious environmental benefits, community coastal efforts have major benefits for the Queensland economy.

"Tourism is a major industry in our State providing employment and job security for many Queenslanders.

"Our beaches and coastline are a major tourist drawcard. By helping us to care for our beaches, these community groups are helping to ensure the health of our tourism industry.

"Queenslanders recognise that we are the custodians of not only Australia's most diverse and beautiful coast but one the world's foremost coastal and marine environments.

"With each year of Coastcare, the community is putting its shoulder to the wheel and demonstrating more and more its enthusiasm for maintaining our coastal and marine heritage."

Successful Coastcare groups are spread along the entire Queensland coast, from the Gold Coast in the south to Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and will be funded to carry out a wide range of projects including stabilising dunes, protecting and monitoring fragile reef systems, surveying turtle and seabird populations and protecting cultural heritage sites.

The successful projects include a $19,849 project to be undertaken by the Karumba Progress Association to protect the sensitive mangrove and dunal system, and a $22,550 project by the Darumbal-Noolar Murree Aboriginal Corporation for erosion protection works and revegetation of cultural sites on the coast and islands of Shoalwater Bay.

The Whitsunday Volunteer Association ($28,342) will undertake seabird and turtle monitoring programs within the Whitsunday Islands, and the Point Lookout Surfriders Club ($20,000) on Stradbroke Island near Brisbane will construct steps and walkways to focus visitor access to Cylinder Headland.

Fringing reefs around islands off the Mackay coast will be afforded better protection from the efforts of the Mackay Branch OUCH Volunteers Group ($10,300) which will survey and raise awareness of impacts associated with anchoring of vessels.

To improve the stability of the dune system at Clifton Beach north of Cairns, the Residents and Ratepayers Association ($16,370) will propagate and plant stabilising vegetation, construct fencing and chain ladders at access points, and install information Signs.

Coastcare is implemented as a partnership between the Commonwealth, States and Local Government under the Commonwealth Government's $125 million Coasts and Clean Seas program, a component of the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

Under this year's grants, the Commonwealth will provide $493,000 with the remainder coming from the Queensland Government.

General Media Inquiries:

Matt Brown, Senator Hill's office, 02 6277 7640

Barbara Jones, Environment Australia, 02 6274 1296

Kerry White, Minister Littleproud's office, 07 3227 8825

Leanne Bowden, Qld. Dept of Environment, 07 3227 7104

Note to Editors: For details about individual projects contact your local Coastcare Facilitator

Deborah Langley, Far Northern Region, Cairns, 07 4052 3043

Tania Ashworth, Northern Region, Townsville, 07 4722 5312

Sonia Edwards, Central Region, Rockhampton, 07 4936 0539

Ian Kerr, Southeastern Region, Brisbane, 07 3286 9261

Jana Kahabka, Facilitator for Indigenous Communities, 07 4052 3371


1997-98 Coastcare Community Grants:

. Australian Marine Conservation Society, Adopt A Wetland - Bayside Parklands and Port Area, $25,000

. Australian Marine Conservation Society, SeaSearch 2000 - Underwater Monitoring for Volunteer Divers, $27,500

. Australian Marine Conservation Society, Underwater Mine Site Rehabilitation in Moreton Bay, $15,000

. Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Community Based Environmental Monitoring Program for Townsville Coastal Plains, $47,950

. Ayr Surf Life Saving Club, Lynch's Beach Environmental Protection Project, $11,710

. Bargara Progress Association Inc., Restoration/Provision of Controlled Access, Kelly's Beach, Bargara, $1,720

. Bushland Beach Progress Association, Bushland Beach Progress Association Beach Improvement Plan, $6,196

. Caloundra Coastcare Group, Caloundra Coastal Dune Management Program, $9,950

. Clifton Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association, Clifton Beach Foreshore Rejuvenation Project, $16,370

. Coconut Island Council, Coconut Island Revegetation and Stabilisation Project, $32,950

. Cooloola Fishermans Festival Association Inc., Resurvey of Permanent Seagrass Transects within the Great Sandy Strait, $9,120

. Darumbal - Noolar Murree Aboriginal Corporation, Cultural Resource Management of Coast and Islands of Shoalwater Bay and Percy Isles, $22,550

. Dhuaman Steering Committee/Carpentaria Land Council, Dulmudha Sea Country - Coastal Clean Up Campaign, $6,760

. Dhuaman Steering Committee/Carpentaria Land Council, Dulmudha Sea Country - Public Relations Awareness Project, $16,800

. Eprapah Creek Catchment Landcare Association Inc., Environmental Audit of Eprapah Creek Estuary and Adjacent Coast, $15,889

. Friends of Stradbroke Island, Implementation of Recommendations from Management Study of R1781 at Point Lookout, $12,100

. Friends of the Black Swamp Bushcare Group, The Black Swamp Wetlands Integrated Community Management Plan, $12,000

. Giddigal Association of Lands, Marine and Coastal Keepers, Giddigal Marine and Coastal Keepers, Caretaker and Preserver, $20,760

. Girringun Elders and Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation, Joint Aboriginal (Girringun) and Department of Environment Coastal Management Project, $14,020

. Griffith University and East Logan Wildlife Preservation Society, Monitoring Water Quality and Aquatic Biota in a Coastal Melaleuca Swamp, $11,600

. Heron Island Management Committee, Heron Island Community Vegetation, $3,140

. Hinchinbrook Beach Cooperative, Hinchinbrook Beach Co-operative Conservation Plan, $4,320

. Hopevale Community Council, Cultural and Natural Resource, Thirrtharr Warra Day Use, $21,330

. Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre, South Stradbroke Island Education and Revegetation Project, $3,787

. Karumba Progress Association, Karumba Boardwalk and Interpretive Project, $19,849

. Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association Inc., Wetland Resource Investigation: Boondall and Tinchi Tamba Wetlands, $20,000

. Kinka Bush and Beach Group, Kinka Beach Community Training, $2,620

. Kowanyama Aboriginal Council, Management and Conservation of Saltwater Crocodiles, $17,200

. Lady Musgrave Island Turtle Research Group, Lady Musgrave Island Turtle Research, $3,005

. Loders Creek Integrated Catchment Management Community Association, Loders Creek Stormwater Coastcare Program - Community Awareness (Stage II), $6,700

. Mackay Branch OUCH Volunteer Group, Protection and Monitoring of Mackay Area Fringing Reefs, $10,300

. Marine and Coastal Community Network, Marine and Coastal Community Contacts for Northern Australia, $5,731

. Maroochy Shire Council, Maroochy North Coast Foreshore and Headland Rehabilitation Project, $17,460

. Maroochy Shire Council, Revegetation Enhancement Stabilisation Program - Mooloolaba Sand Spit Area, $16,250

. Mer Island Residents, Erosion Monitoring Program, $9,450

. Moreton Bay Marine Association Inc., It's Your Bay - Not Your Bin Campaign, $9,535

. NE Albert Landcare Group Inc., Monitoring Biota Health in Acid Sulfate Contaminated Waterways, $20,700

. Noosa Parks Association, Alexandra Bay Dune Protection Project, $5,606

. Noosa River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Interpretive Signage - Boat Wash Impact Education, $3,188

. Oodgeroo Noonuccal Association, Oodgeroo School and Community Programme, $6,840

. Osprey House Management Committee, Osprey House Volunteer Training Program, $3,942

. OUCH Volunteer Group, Protection Of Whitsunday Fringing Reefs - Phase III, $21,440

. Point Lookout Surfriders Club Inc., Cylinder Headland Erosion Control and Revegetation and Walkways Project, $20,000

. Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Council, Management and Conservation of Saltwater Crocodiles Pormpuraaw DOGIT, $28,000

. Port Curtis Catchment Working Group Waterwatch Subcommittee, Welby Creek Rehabilitation Program, $9,260

. Quandamooka Land Council, Quandamooka Marine Ranger Training Program, $18,548

. Queensland Biodiversity Network, Noosa Library's Interactive Sunshine Coast Vanishing Species Database (Year 2), $4,000

. Rainbow Beach Coastcare Group and Cooloola Shire Council, Rainbow Beach Foreshore Management Plan Stage 2, $12,068

. Russell Mulgrave Landcare, Artificial Wetland - Pilot Project For Trinity Inlet Cairns, $17,090

. Sunshine Coast Environmental Council, Mudjimba Island Anchor Protection Project, $16,787

. Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc., Community Education, $8,300

. Tin Can Bay Progress Association - Coastcare Sub- Committee, Implementation of the Tin Can Bay Foreshore Management Plan - Stage 3, $10,260

. Tinnanbar Ratepayers' Association, Tinnanbar Foreshore Management Plan and Restoration, $8,518

. Torres Strait Island Co-ordinating Council, Production and Distribution of a Poster as Part of a Coastal Management Awareness Program, $8,600

. Umagico Aboriginal Council, Alau Bushtucker and Rainforest Project, $18,820

. Underwater Research Group of Queensland, Resource Mapping of Flinders Reef, Moreton Bay Marine Park, $14,240

. University of Queensland, Survey of Raptors and Waders in Southern Moreton Bay, $2,154

. Wallum Action Group Inc., Bribie Island Coastal and Dunal Restoration, $11,014

. Whitsunday Shire Council, Nellie Bay Dune Management Project, $2,136

. Whitsunday Volunteer Association Inc., Whitsunday Seabird/Shorebird Survey, $15,418

. Whitsunday Volunteer Association Inc., Whitsunday Turtle Monitoring Project, $12,924

. Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council Inc., Monitoring Coastal Processes on Rules Beach, Miriam Vale Shire, $4,000

. Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Kedron Brook Wildlife Habitat Rehabilitation Project, $27,800

. Woppabura Aboriginal Corporation, Cultural Heritage Survey - Keppel Island Group, $31,100

. Wreck Rock Turtle Monitoring Group, Monitoring of Marine Turtle Nesting, Wreck Rock, $5,570

. Yarrabah Community Council, Yarrabah DOGIT Scrub Cleaning And Reforestation, $10,000