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

12 October 2001

New Board Member for Great Barrier Reef Authority

Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, today announced that the Governor-General had accepted the advice of the Government to appoint Ms Fay Barker as a member of the board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Senator Hill said that Ms Fay Barker had extensive expertise and experience relevant to the challenges faced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

"Ms Barker has recently completed a term as Council member of James Cook University. She has also served as a Director of the Townsville Port Authority."

"She has a strong commitment to north Queensland and, in particular, to the Townsville community."

Senator Hill said that Ms Barker's skills and experience would be invaluable to the Authority in its efforts to deal with the critical issues of water quality, sustainable fishing, tourism and the conservation of the remarkable biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

"The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the largest world heritage area on the planet. It is a multiple use park that supports a billion dollar tourism industry and a fishing industry also worth millions of dollars a year to regional Queensland."

"The management challenges are complex. Ms Barker's local knowledge and past experience mean she is well qualified to help the Authority work constructively with local communities to protect the world heritage values of the Reef and to ensure activities such as fishing and tourism are carried out in a sustainable manner."

Senator Hill paid tribute to the efforts of Mr John Lyons, also a prominent member of the Townsville community, who recently retired as a Director of the Marine Park Authority.

12 October 2001

Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) 0419 258 364

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