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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
A senior private sector executive, Veronica Sakell, will become director of Australia's National Oceans Office.
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage and Chair of the National Oceans Ministerial Board, Robert Hill, has announced Ms Sakell's appointment.
Senator Hill said the National Oceans Office will help guide the future wise use and overall management of Australia's vast oceans, in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including industry, government and environment organisations.
"Ms Sakell will have the principal task of leading the National Oceans Office in the development of regional marine planing for Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), beginning with the South East of our EEZ," Senator Hill said.
"The Office will also coordinate the overall implementation of Australia's Oceans Policy, the $50 million initiative funded through this year's Budget.
"With wide ranging executive experience in the public and private sectors Ms Sakell is well placed to meet these challenges.
"Her leadership skills will seek the cooperation and support of all users in the care, conservation and protection of Australia's unique ocean environment, its marine biodiversity and resources whilst ensuring ecologically sustainable economic development."
Ms Sakell is currently Manager External Relations, North Forest Products, Tasmania. Ms Sakell has previously held a variety of senior executive positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Tasmania.
The National Oceans Office is located in central Hobart and will service the National Oceans Ministerial Board, consisting of the Commonwealth ministers with responsibility for the environment, industry, fisheries, transport, tourism and science.
The National Oceans Office is an Executive Agency within the Federal Government's environment portfolio.
13 April 2000
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