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

9 August 2005

Guide to 'gifts that keep on giving'


Landowners will better understand options for protecting their privately owned land in perpetuity, thanks to a new conservation guide launched today by the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell.

Gifts That Keep on Giving – a landholder’s guide to land protection and conservation options introduces the variety of private land conservation schemes that offer permanent protection for Australia’s unique natural areas.

Senator Campbell said the guide had been produced on behalf of the Australian Government by Trust for Nature, a non-profit organisation that has helped conserve privately owned natural bush for over 30 years.

“Each year, millions of hectares of land – much of it privately-owned – are irreversibly altered worldwide,” Senator Campbell said.

“Private landholders hold a vitally important key to the preservation and protection of Australia’s natural environment.”

The guide explains in simple terms the primary options available:

Taking the step to permanently conserve the natural values of privately held land is often driven by a combination of motivations.

“Land may be home to threatened plants or animals, or the property may form part of an important wildlife corridor or act as a buffer to protect a neighbouring National or State Park,” Senator Campbell said.

“Sometimes the driving force is the desire to give Australia’s future generations the opportunity to appreciate the unique natural sanctuary the land owner has sought to protect.

“This guide will help landowners carefully consider the options available for them, their family and their property,” he said.

Copies of the guide can be downloaded from www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/gifts-keep-giving

For a hard copy of the guide, e-mail your request to ciu@deh.gov.au or freecall 1800 803 772.

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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