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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Hon Peter McGauran MP

17 August 2006

National Agriculture and Climate Change Action Plan


Australian agriculture has a new plan to help deal with the effect of climate change on water availability, farm production systems and heightened risks of pest, weed or disease.

These potential climate change problems are tackled in a national action plan released by the Australian Government today.

The plan has been developed with strong backing from the National Farmers Federation and has the agreement of all Australian, State and Territory Ministers for Agriculture.

Co-chairmen of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, Australian Government Ministers for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran and the Environment and Heritage Senator Ian Campbell, today released the National Agriculture and Climate Change Action Plan.

Mr McGauran says it is essential that the farm sector remain sustainable, competitive and profitable.

"This plan will tackle head-on issues such as availability of reliable and high quality water supplies.

"It creates a new chance to collect and share knowledge and experience in developing practical answers to climate change issues.

"The plan requires firm commitments to the task by governments and industry," he says.

Senator Campbell said climate change affected natural resources and was a serious long-term challenge to all sectors of the economy.

"Climate change is adding a new layer of complexity to the wide range of issues already affecting the agricultural sector," he said.

"This action plan provides a framework for coordinated action, focusing on the key areas of adapting to climate change, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, research and development, and awareness and communication."

Copies of the National Agriculture and Climate Change Action Plan are available at: www.daff.gov.au/climatechangeactionplan

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell’s office) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Russ Neal (Minister McGauran’s office) 02 6277 7520 or 0413 601 303

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