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Phase One
1996-1997 to 2001-2002

Programs of the first phase of the Natural Heritage Trust:

Coastcare was a program of the first phase of the Natural Heritage Trust (1996-1997 to 2001-2002).



Coastcare had a separate guide and application process to other Natural Heritage Trust programs. A call for applications for funding from Coastcare usually happened in March or April each year. Applications closed in June or July each year. Applications were then assessed by State/Territory assessment panels (and regional assessment panels in Victoria only). State or Territory Ministers then made formal recommendations on projects to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. Announcements were usually made towards the end of the year and funding was usually provided to successful applicants early in the new year.


Coastcare funding supported a wide range of community projects such as: dune revegetation; beach access and boardwalk construction; weed control; reef and marine species monitoring; coastal habitat protection and community education. Coastcare also funded:

Since the inception of Coastcare in 1995, over 2,000 projects have been funded around Australia. The focus of Coastcare was to assist on-ground work such as:


Coastcare projects are listed by State or Territory.

New South Wales


South Australia



Western Australia

Northern Territory



A final evaluation of the overall achievements of the first phase of the Natural Heritage Trust will soon be conducted. Information about the final evaluation will be put on this web site when it becomes available.

Coastcare was included in the Mid Term Review of the Natural Heritage Trust: 1997-1999.

More Information

The extension of the Natural Heritage Trust will fund coastal and marine activities from all investment levels (national/state, regional and the Australian Government Envirofund).

Information about Australian Government coastal and marine policy development and implementation is available from the Department of the Environment and Heritage Coasts and Oceans web site.

The National Oceans Office, established in December 1999, is the lead Commonwealth agency for implementing Australia's Oceans Policy, including regional marine planning. Visit the National Oceans Office's web site at for the latest Oceans Policy news.

The Natural Heritage Trust is jointly administered by the Departments of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Environment and Heritage