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

16 September 2004

$1.3m to World Heritage areas in New South Wales

The Howard Coalition Government will provide a further $1.29m in World Heritage management funding to New South Wales, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

The four World Heritage areas to receive funding are: 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).

"These funds are part of an Australia-wide package totalling $16.4 m from the Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust to help conserve our internationally acclaimed World Heritage places," he said.

The package to date has helped conserve and protect World Heritage places such as Fraser Island, Shark Bay, the Tasmanian Wilderness, the Wet Tropics and more.

"This package ensures the Australia will continue as a world leader in World Heritage conservation and brings total federal funding for managed properties to over $100 million since 1996.

"This increased investment, allocated over 2004-05 and 2005-06, underlines our continued commitment to both meeting its international World Heritage obligations and supporting state governments in managing these important heritage areas.

"World Heritage management is important, not only to government, but to people in regional communities throughout Australia.

"As part of making investments at the regional level, the Howard Coalition Government invests in projects that deliver complementary results across a range of National Heritage Trust programs."

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