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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

10 October 2002

New Web Site Helps Students Explore Our Oceans

A new interactive web site has been launched in Melbourne today, to help Australian students better understand our oceans, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp announced.

Australia’s Oceans Policy sets a world-leading framework for ensuring the long-term health of Australia’s oceans by managing the use and conservation of marine resources in a sustainable manner. This educational web site will help to promote a sense of stewardship in young people, and that is a key plank in Australia’s Ocean Policy,” Dr Kemp said.

The main features of the site are:

The website was launched at Williamstown High School in Victoria by the Member for Flinders, Mr Greg Hunt.

Mr Hunt praised the efforts of Williamstown High School, which was chosen for this launch because it is active in marine education and has also established a marine education centre.

Williamstown High School borders the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary which lies within Australia’s South-east Marine Region. This Region is the subject of the first Regional Marine Plan to be developed under Australia’s Oceans Policy. Outcomes of the planning process in the South-east Marine Region will be released in December this year.

The innovative web site launched today features scientific discoveries made while investigating the Region for the South-east Marine Plan and a range of online activities that are graded in suitability according to the age group of the students.

“Students, teachers and others who interact with this web site will not only learn about Australia’s oceans, they will enjoy their learning experiences. Even professional scientists may find this site informative,” Dr Kemp said.

Dr Kemp paid tribute to the work of Australian teachers and students who are actively engaged in marine education.

“Teachers are in a unique position to promote an understanding of the marine environment and its living communities of plants and animals and of the value of other, non-living resources,” Dr Kemp said.

“In years to come, it will be today’s students who make decisions that will profoundly affect our oceans. They will have the responsibility to look after the health of the ocean’s ecosystems and to ensure that the ocean’s resources are used wisely, for the benefit of all.”

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