Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin.
Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin. Cathy Adams

Four year, $690,000, environmental project unveiled

A NEW environmental project has been unveiled, care of EnviTE Environment.

The HCV Coastal Corridor Enhancement project, which aims to extend, connect and restore high conservation value vegetation at 23 sites along the NSW north coast, was launched on Wednesday by Page MP Janelle Saffin.

The scheme aims to improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of coastal habitats, said Technical Manager of EnviTE Environment, Paul O'Connor.

EnviTE is working in partnership with groups such as local councils, state agencies, as well as local property owners, dune care groups, he said.

The four-year project will be funded for $690,000 by the Federal government, while additional funds will be added by the partnership groups.

"It's a huge project and one we're very happy to be a part of," said Mr O'Connor.

As well as bush regeneration works aiming to restore and enhance threatened species and target coastal weed threats, Mr O'Connor said the project will also include a serious of workshops next year to increase education.

The team will also be developing a Coastal Propagation and Revegetation Manual to distribute to local care groups, individuals and other organisations to assist them in their works on coastal habitats.

Ms Saffin gave the project praise at the launch, emphasizing that it was a great example of how landholders, Landcare groups and community volunteers can work together to "protect the environment for its intrinsic values and the social and cultural benefits it provides."

"I am pleased the Australian Government has been able to support Envite's 'High Conservation Value Coastal Corridor Enhancement project with a $690,000 grant over four years through the Biodiversity Fund. This is a crucial investment in our region's future," Ms Saffin said.

"We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country, with its stunning coastline, national parks, coastal wetlands and riparian corridors. Ours is one of the most biologically diverse regions in New South Wales and we know the value of our natural resources."



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