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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
4 April 2006
The Australian Government’s commitment to help rebuild communities devastated by Cyclone Larry has been demonstrated with an extension of the deadline to submit applications for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Structural Adjustment Package.
The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said a one-month extension would be granted to fishing and fishing-related businesses within the cyclone-affected area, giving them until 31 May to submit their applications.
Senator Campbell said he had been made aware there were a number of businesses with potential claims for Great Barrier Reef structural adjustment assistance whose owners would face significant difficulties in meeting the 30 April deadline for applications because of Cyclone Larry.
He said the extension would be provided in three parts:
“The Australian Government is committed to helping cyclone-affected communities get back on their feet and this extension is another example of that commitment,” Senator Campbell said.
Further information on the Great Barrier Reef Structural Adjustment package can be found online at http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/productitem.jsp?product=305
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