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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

29 September 2002

Environmental Education Centre Opened in Renmark


Minister officially opens McCormick Centre for the Environment

The Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today officially opened the new McCormick Centre for the Environment.

“The McCormick Centre for the Environment is a tremendous resource which will help the local community and visitors to better understand the complexities of environmental challenges and the opportunities for solutions,” Dr Kemp said.

“The Centre is an excellent example of how communities, public, and private sector organizations can work in partnership to achieve real benefits for the Australian community.”

The McCormick Centre is designed to support schools and public environmental education, and natural resource management.

The Centre contains a range of facilities that soon will be accessible to local community members, researchers and tourists, including a 120 seat lecture theatre; research, monitoring and teaching laboratories; and public education facilities that will introduce community members and visitors to the region’s natural resources and ecosystems.

The Centre adjoins the Chaffey Learning Exchange, another major community facility, arising from the refurbishment of an old high school site.

Partners in the Centre are the Renmark Paringa Council and the Australian Landscape Trust. The Council owns and will, in conjunction with the Australian Landscape Trust, operate the Centre.

Major donor to the Centre, the US-based Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, provided funds to the project through the Chicago Zoological Society. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Australian Greenhouse Office, the Natural Heritage Trust, the Renmark Paringa Council, Mr William Rutherford of Peoria, Illinois, the Australian Landscape Trust, and the Commonwealth Government all made a contribution toward the establishment of the Centre.

“I look forward to the Renmark Paringa Council and Australian Landscape Trust fulfilling their vision for the Centre to become a centre of excellence in environmental learning, sustainable management of natural resources, and building community capacity in the local rural community.”

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Louise Ahern 0412 840 170

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