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

24 August 2000

NEW CHAIR FOR CAPE YORK PROPERTY PLANNING TECHNICAL GROUP


Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced General John Grey AC has been appointed as chair of the Cape York Property Planning Technical Group.

General Grey, who already chairs the Cape York Regional Advisory Panel, brings to the position a wealth of experience, including holding the position of Chancellor of James Cook University, subsequent to a distinguished 40-year military career.

General Grey's role will be to facilitate the cooperation and support of stakeholders during the ongoing property planning process as well as strengthening links between the Cape York Property Planning Technical Group (CYPPTG) and the Cape York Regional Advisory Panel.

"General Grey will build on the important developmental work of the CYPPTG as he directs the delivery of the next stage of the Cape York property planning process," Senator Hill said.

"His leadership and negotiation skills, coupled with his experience in tackling large strategic projects, will go a long way to ensuring that the aims of the Cape York Natural Heritage Trust Plan are achieved

"The Cape York property planning process is designed to protect areas of high conservation and cultural value and to ensure that management practices are employed that are in accordance with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

"The Plans will provide a blueprint for future land use management on Cape York integrating the unique conservation, indigenous and pastoral aspirations of its people."

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch added his endorsement to General Grey's appointment, describing it as a "logical progression" to have both key groups moving forward in a coordinated way.

"I am confident with John Grey at the helm of both the Planning Technical Group and the Regional Advisory Panel we can move forward with renewed momentum and start delivering the outcomes people in the Cape expect from this process," Mr Entsch said.

In thanking Mr Peter Stanton, who resigned earlier this year as Chair of the Cape York Property Planning Technical Group, Senator Hill highlighted Mr Stanton's important contribution to the development of the property planning process.

"Mr Stanton has steered the project from its inception and has worked tirelessly to ensure its success. I am very glad that he has agreed to continue his involvement with the project," Senator Hill said.

The Howard Government agreed to provide up to $40 million protect Cape York Peninsula's outstanding environmental and heritage values.

The property planning technical group is comprised of members with expertise in conservation, pastoral management and indigenous land management working together to ensure that the conservation and cultural goals are achieved in the context of sustainable production.

24 August 2000

Media contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill's Office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0419 693 515

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