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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

2 May 2002

Working Together for Greater Environment Protection and a Stronger Heritage Regime

The inaugural meeting of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) held in Hobart today was an important step in confronting the nation's priority environment protection and heritage issues, according to Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp.

EPHC has been formed to bring together environmental issues previously dealt with by the National Environment Protection Council, the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council and the Heritage Ministers' Meeting.

"There is a resolve among all ministers to use to use this new forum to strengthen our approach as a nation to managing and protecting Australia's environment and its natural and cultural heritage," Dr Kemp said.

Initiatives agreed upon by EPHC today respond to some of the major priorities identified in the Australia State of the Environment Report 2001, which was released in March.

These include:

"I am delighted that the EPHC will tackle these problems and I thank all Ministers for their input and cooperation," said Dr Kemp.

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