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

Reef Honour for Presidential Visit


22 November 1996
(165/96)

Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, has introduced a proposal for a reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to be named in honour of an eminent American environmentalist.

The announcement coincides with the visit to the Great Barrier Reef by US President Bill Clinton and the First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Senator Hill says the reef will be named 'Rachel Carson Reef'. "Rachel Carson was a pioneering environmentalist who in the 1950's helped alert the world to the consequences of accumulated pollution."

"With the President visiting one of Australia's most beautiful and valuable natural assets it is appropriate to honour the American people by acknowledging one of their finest environmental heros."

Senator Hill says the presidential visit will also help focus attention on the upcoming 'Year of the Reef'.

"Australia is taking a lead in efforts to protect the coral reefs of the world."

"We have accepted responsibility for the secretariat of the International Coral Reef Initiative from the US who have guided its first two years. "

"Our government will continue to place a strong emphasis on marine and coastal management issues as part of our commitment to protecting and restoring Australia's natural environment."

A copy of Senator Hill's statement made in Port Douglas today is attached.

Contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill's Office) 0419 693 515

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