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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Federal Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
Senator Ian Macdonald

12 May 2004

RAP funding remains flexible

The Australian Government's allocation in the order of $10 million to those affected by the Representative Areas Programme is an initial allocation based on early socio-economic assessments carried out by the BRS.

An independent panel is currently compiling a report for the Australian Government after another string of consultations up and down the Queensland coast to advise on the final criteria for the adjustment package.

The figure has been allocated as a sign of good faith to let those who are impacted by the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef know they will not be forgotten when the new laws come into effect on July 1.

The actual amount allocated will depend on the actual impacts of the RAP on fishing and land-based interests.

From the start, the Australian Government emphasised that it was committed to a fair structural adjustment process and that those adversely affected by the rezoning will be treated fairly.

We will ensure fair treatment of those fishers and others in associated industries and communities who will be impacted by the long term protection of Australia's greatest natural asset.

Commonwealth of Australia