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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Queensland Minister for the Environment
Desley Boyle MP
&
Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Henry Palaszczuk MP

2 March 2006

$4.78 million to protect Queensland wetlands on World Wetlands Day


The Australian and Queensland governments have joined forces to provide up to $4.78 million for the protection of environmentally sensitive local wetlands on World Wetlands Day.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced a cash contribution of $2.39 million today, with Queensland’s Environment Minister, Desley Boyle, and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Henry Palaszczuk, pledging to match this funding with in-kind contributions.

The joint funding commitment comes from the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments’ $15 million Natural Heritage Trust Wetlands Programme.

“This programme represents a collaboration not only between Australian and State governments, but also with land owners and regional natural resource managers, who should be congratulated for their efforts to conserve our magnificent wetlands,” Senator Campbell said.

“This funding will help to ensure a brighter future for our wetlands, a beautiful part of our natural heritage, and protect icons such as the Great Barrier Reef.”

The funding will support a range of projects running from 2005 to 2008 including:

“The health of our wetlands is connected to the health of our rivers, coasts and at the end of the chain the health of the Great Barrier Reef,” Ms Boyle said.

“This is not just a concern for Governments but also communities. On World Wetlands Day I call on people to get involved and take an interest in their local wetlands,” Ms Boyle said.

“Profitability and sustainability go hand-in-hand with modern Australian agriculture, land and water use. The Queensland Government is committed to protecting the sustainability of our natural resources, such as water and vegetation,” Mr Palaszczuk said.

For more information on the Queensland Wetlands Programme, including wetlands profiles on management threats and solutions: www.deh.gov.au/water/wetlands/qwp

For information on World Wetlands Day: www.deh.gov.au/water/wetlands/day/index.html

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Mark Symons (Minister Boyle) on 07 3227 8825
Caroline Kaurila (Minister Palaszczuk) on 07 3896 3694

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