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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Public Invited to Air their Views on Urban Air Pollution


21 November 1996.
(163/96)

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the public has an important role to play in developing solutions to Australia's urban air pollution problems.

The Federal Government has established an Independent Inquiry into Air Pollution to be conducted by the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

The Inquiry will identify a range of options to be implemented by governments, industry and the community that will minimise air pollution in Australian towns and cities.

Senator Hill has announced the public consultation phase of the inquiry. Senator Hill says public input is vital as surveys by the Australian Bureau of Statistics have shown that Australians consider air pollution as their number one environmental concern.

"I have asked the Academy to provide, by September next year, a scientifically based range of options to tackle the problems of urban air pollution.

"Submissions by the public will form a key part of the information base for the Inquiry and I encourage all those with something to say not to miss the opportunity."

Interested individuals, groups and organisations are encouraged to send written submissions to the Academy before 28 February 1997.

Copies of the terms of reference and a guide to the submission process can be obtained from The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, P0 Box 355 Carlton South VIC 3053 facsimile (03) 9347 8237 and are available on the Internet at:http://www.erin.gov.au/portfolio/epg/air.html

Media inquiries:

Matt Brown, Minister's office, 06 277 7640

Jim Cannon, Environment Australia, 06 174 1076

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