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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

13 September 2000

ENVIRONMENT IN THE OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT


Australia's unique environmental work in combating climate change and protecting threatened species is among a swag of achievements on show at a special event during the Olympic Games.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said on Saturday, September 16, an Environment Theme Day hosted by former Olympian Robert de Castella, MBE, will be staged in Sydney.

"The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games are a great environmental achievement that all Australians should be proud of.

"The 'Green Games' are an opportunity to focus international attention on the world class, innovative way Australians actively care for the environment," Senator Hill said.

"International media are invited to a series of events on the theme day which will profile different aspects of Australia's environment and how we protect and care for it.

"The events include an explanation of Australia's strict quarantine rules, a special appearance of whale watcher Mimi Macpherson - who is lending her support to the Government's Coastcare program, and an opportunity to meet Aboriginal traditional owners from Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks.

"Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Judith Troeth will profile Australia's clean, green and high-tech horticulture industry.

"Green and Golden Bell Frogs, a boa constrictor seized at Sydney airport, beautiful north Queensland butterflies and Delilah the quarantine beagle will all be on show.

"It is appropriate that the date for the Environment Theme Day coincides with the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Australia is a world leader in the international effort to preserve the earth's ozone layer and is years ahead of schedule on many measures to protect human and environmental health from the dangers of ultra-violet radiation from the sun," Senator Hill said.

The Environment Theme Day will take place at the Sydney Media Centre, Wharf 12 Pirrama Road, Darling Island, Pyrmont. It will run from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

For more information on the Green Games: www.environment.gov.au/greengames and for the Sydney Media Centre: www.sydneymediacentre.com.au

Media enquiries:
Senator Hill's Office: Matt Brown 02 6277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Environment Australia: Eleanor Dean 02 6274 1817 or 0419 976 717

13 September 2000


The Green Games 2000

Saturday 16 September 2000

Environment Theme Day

Sydney Media Centre

Presentations on Australia's unique environment and approaches to protect it

Master of ceremonies former Olympian and marathon runner Robert de Castella, MBE



What: 10.00am Declare it or dump it! - Australia's quarantine rules
10.45am Australia's Green Games - making Olympic history
12.00pm Saving the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly from extinction
1.00pm Coastcare - Caring for the Coast with Mimi Macpherson
2.00pm Aboriginal owned national parks - Australian icons
3.00pm Climate Change - Australia's greenhouse approach
5.00pm Australian Horticulture - Clean, Green and High-tech


Where: Sydney Media Centre
Wharf 12 Pirrama Road, Darling Island, Pyrmont


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For more information-Environment Australia:

Julie Marks Ph (02) 6274 1403 0419 205 136
Eleanor Dean Ph (02) 6274 1817 0419 976 717
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