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

6 July 2006

$23 million for major environmental research hubs

Three world-class multi-disciplinary research hubs will explore Australia’s most pressing environmental challenges, the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

“I am delighted to announce the first recipients of funding under the Australian Government’s $100 million Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities (CERF) Programme,” Senator Campbell said.

CERF is this government’s key environment research programme to encourage and assist research into current and emerging environmental challenges, bridge our knowledge gaps and contribute to the development of environmental policy.

“These recipients will receive a total of $23 million to establish hubs, or networks, of Australia’s top scientists, universities, government agencies and community partners. As experts in their fields they will come together for four years to expand our knowledge on key challenges.

“The hubs will explore how we can make better environmental decisions and planning in our sensitive tropical and coastal areas. The research will give environment managers new tools to improve the sustainability of our agricultural landscapes in Australia’s temperate regions.

“These are vital policy and management matters which we need to get right. They are central to the future of our land and people.”

The new hubs are:

“The work of these hubs will underpin good environmental management into the future,” Senator Campbell said.

“It will also contribute significantly to Australia’s response to climate change, its water and soil management, and the sustainable use of our country’s biodiversity – all critical issues for this nation.

“Over the coming months, I will be making further announcements on research to address critical gaps in our knowledge of the challenges facing the Australian environment. In particular, I am keen to look at the areas of taxonomy, marine conservation and socio-economic research.”

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