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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Traditional Owners and Indigenous Communities to protect Reef

Media release
8 June 2010

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The Government is helping to strengthen partnerships between Traditional Owners, Indigenous communities, reef managers and stakeholders to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

At the Reef Rescue Showcase in Cairns today, Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts Peter Garrett announced that $3.35 million over two years has been made available for the Reef Rescue Indigenous Land and Sea Country Partnerships Program.

The $200 million Reef Rescue Program is a key component of the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative.

Mr Garrett said building partnerships with Indigenous communities and Traditional Owners is an important component of Reef Rescue.

"We are committed to working with traditional owners and focussing on collaborative approaches for managing the Reef while conserving biodiversity and protecting the Reef's heritage values," Mr Garrett said.

" The program, delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, recognises that effective land and sea management is fundamental to maintaining the health of the Great Barrier Reef," Mr Garrett said.

"This Indigenous Partnerships Program is a collaborative approach to sustainable management and use of our marine resources."

The Reef Rescue Showcase is being held in Cairns on 8-9 June and will share and promote the work of regional natural resource management bodies, industry groups, landholders and government agencies working within the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

For more information on Caring for our Country and Reef Rescue visit 

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