The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
10 March 2004
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today announced the makeup of the committee that will prepare the Australia State of the Environment 2006 report.
The Committee brings together expertise from across the private and public sectors. It will be chaired by Associate Professor Bob Beeton of the School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, University of Queensland, who specialises in environmental problem solving and protected area management, and is a member of the previous State of the Environment (SoE) Committee.
He will be assisted by:
“I have established a small independent committee that brings together scientific expertise from across Australia to prepare the report by the end of 2006. Their report will build on our understanding of important environmental issues, will report on environmental indicators and will provide an early warning of potential problems,” Dr Kemp said.
“The SoE Report is our most robust and scientific measure of the environmental condition of the Australian continent, the surrounding seas and our external territories. It provides an invaluable picture of the actual condition of Australia's environment, the pressures and trends it faces and a report card on how effectively all levels of government are dealing with environmental problems.
“The 2001 SoE Report found that we had made many environmental gains. For example, our urban air is generally cleaner than before. But the 2001 SoE Report also told us of the challenges that we need to address. The Howard Government took these challenges seriously, and invested the $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust and the $1.4 billion National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality to delivering real improvements on the ground.
“It is for the new SoE committee to give an independent and accurate assessment of Australia's changing environment since 2001 and I expect the Committee will enlist the support of all government agencies and other sources to assist in this challenge,” Dr Kemp said.
For more information on the State of the Environment report, visit www.deh.gov.au/soe/index.html.