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

Media Release

Hill Visits Far North Queensland

25 March 1996

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has flown to far north Queensland to examine several key environmental issues.

Senator Hill will use the visit to receive on the ground briefings from experts from within his own department, officials of the Queensland State Government, and community organisations including local environment groups.

The visit follows initial talks in Brisbane last week with Queensland Premier Rob Borbidge, State Environment Minister Brian Littleproud, and the Queensland Conservation Council.

The trip will focus on three key issues - Tully Millstream, Oyster Point, and the Cape York land agreement.

Senator Hill will today meet with the parties involved in the Cape York Heads of Agreement including the Cape York Land Council, the ACF, and the Cattleman's Union.

Senator Hill will travel to Tully Millstream for an inspection on Tuesday before meeting with Port Hinchinbrook developer Mr Keith Williams later that afternoon.

The Minister will also meet with environment groups which are opposed to the Hinchinbrook development.

While there are no formal proposals yet before the Minister on either of these issues, the trip will be used as a fact-finding mission to help provide the basis for any future discussions.

Senator Hill has also opened the OECD conference on Incentive Measures for Biodiversity Conservation in Cairns today.

For further information contact Matt Brown on 015 396 773.

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