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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

20 February 2003

Building a Stronger Social Coalition

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today received and launched a report Building a Stronger Coalition, a report to Government on behalf of leading non-government organisations that includes proposals to support the philanthropic efforts of individuals and community organisations in protecting the environmental values of our land.

"It is clear that the great task of restoring and managing our natural ecosystems in Australia lies beyond the realm of Governments alone and I welcome this report and look forward to considering further with my parliamentary colleagues," Dr Kemp said.

"Efforts such as the Howard Government's $2.6 billion Natural Heritage Trust play an important role, but if we are going to meet the enormous environmental challenges facing us, we will have to win the hearts and minds of the individuals and communities on the land.

"Measures such as the community-focused second phase of the Natural Heritage Trust which encourage volunteerism and philanthropy can act as a catalyst that will eventually provide the people on the ground with the tools and social framework to meet this challenge.

Building a Stronger Coalition contains recommendations organised on the following themes:

"Landholders already make a substantial contribution to the environment by managing and protecting the native vegetation on their properties through fencing, replanting and stock reduction," Dr Kemp said.

Building a Stronger Coalition was prepared by the Allen Consulting Group on behalf of the Steering Group on Incentives for Encouraging Private Conservation, a coalition of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund, Greening Australia and the Trust for Nature (Victoria).

Its recommendations are supported by World Wildlife Fund Australia, the Myer Foundation, Perpetual Philanthropic Foundations, the Australian Landscape Trust, University of Sydney, Australian National University, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the Uniting Church.

For a copy of the report please go to

For more information about the Commonwealth's environmental taxation measures go to

Media Contact:
Dr Peter Poggioli Dr Kemp's office (02) 6277 7640 or 0412970063

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