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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

5 November 2004

More Australian Government funds for World Heritage areas

An Australia-wide package of $16.4million from the Howard Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust will help conserve our internationally-acclaimed World Heritage places, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said.

"This investment ensures that Australia will continue as a world leader in World Heritage conservation, and brings total Australian Government funding to World Heritage properties to more than $100million since 1996," Senator Campbell said.

"This increased funding, allocated for 2004-05 and 2005-06, underlines the Australian Government's continued commitment to meeting its international World Heritage obligations and supporting State Governments in managing these important areas.

"The Australian Government has allocated the funds strategically to ensure that our priorities for World Heritage management are achieved.

"As part of making investments at the regional level, the Australian Government takes opportunities to fund projects that deliver complementary outcomes across a range of Natural Heritage Trust programs, including World Heritage management."

State-by-State highlights of the package include:

New South Wales
$1.29million, allocated across the four NSW-managed World Heritage areas. Funding includes Lord Howe Island ($259,000), the NSW section of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves ($244,750), Greater Blue Mountains ($238,000) and Willandra Lakes ($546,000).

$6.47million, which includes $5.4million of the $11.4million for the Wet Tropics region announced by the Minister in August. Projects will be funded at all five World Heritage areas in Queensland including: the Australian Fossil Mammal Site at Riversleigh ($389,405); the Queensland section of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves ($244,750); the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area ($5.4million); Fraser Island ($194,000); and Magnetic Island ($30,000) in the Queensland section of Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (the Australian Government is solely responsible for managing the rest of this World Heritage area).

South Australia
$120,000 to the Naracoorte Caves section of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites

$6.97million for ongoing management support and specially targeted projects in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area.

Western Australia
$861 550, of which $380,000 will fund projects at Shark Bay and $481 550 to Purnululu in the State's north east.

Other funds
Further funding, totalling more than $686,000, has been allocated to support additional projects across Australia's State-managed World Heritage properties in 2005-06 and to help fund future nominations of outstanding Australian places to the World Heritage Committee for Inscription on the World Heritage List.

Commonwealth of Australia