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

2 March 2006

$1.5 million to protect wetlands on World Wetlands Day


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, marked World Wetlands Day 2006 by announcing $1.533 million to further protect Australia’s ecologically significant wetlands and the migratory shorebirds that depend on them.

“As the ‘kidneys of the landscape’, wetlands help filter the water that reaches our coasts and oceans. They have an impact on many different elements of our natural environment – from icons such as the Great Barrier Reef to migratory bird patterns and farming practices,” Senator Campbell said.

Senator Campbell announced a number of projects to help protect Australia’s wetlands and migratory shorebirds:

“I would like to congratulate those Australians who are celebrating our magnificent wetlands today, such as the children of South Australia’s Eastern Fleurieu and Mt Compass Primary Schools and the volunteers planting sedge along Western Australia’s Canning River foreshore,” Senator Campbell said.

“On World Wetlands Day I would urge all Australians – in the city or the bush – to think about what they can do to protect their local wetlands.”

The Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds is available at www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/migratory/waterbirds/shorebird-plan/index.html

To access the World Wetlands Day website, including information on community activity in each state and territory go to www.deh.gov.au/water/wetlands/day/index.html

The Wetlands Australia-National Wetlands Update 2006, Issue No. 14 is available at www.deh.gov.au/water/publications/index.html#wetlands

The WetlandLink website is available at www.wetlandlink.com.au

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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