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

3 February 2006

Australia at forefront of environmental research

An expert reference group has been established to advise the Australian Government on the delivery of its $100 million Commonwealth Environment and Research Facilities (CERF) programme.

Announced today by Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, the group will be chaired by WWF-Australia Chief Executive Officer, Greg Bourne, and will have an eminent and diverse group of members.

As the Government’s key environment research programme, CERF is designed to encourage and assist with research into current and emerging environmental issues facing Australia, bridge knowledge gaps and contribute to the development of environmental policy.

“Through CERF, the Australian Government is supporting our scientists’ world-class environmental research and enhancing collaboration across the full range of scientific disciplines,” Senator Campbell said.

“With expertise in environmental research, sustainability, economics and social issues, reference group members will help maximise the CERF programme and keep Australia at the forefront of sustainable environmental management.”

The main roles of the reference group will be to review all CERF proposals and advise on funding priorities, potential improvements, and future programme directions.

CERF Reference Group members include:

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

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