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

First Board of Management for Jervis Bay National Park Announced

3 November 1996

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council have announced the members of the first Board of Management for the Jervis Bay National Park and Botanic Gardens.

The Board has a majority of Aboriginal members and will hold its inaugural meeting at Wreck Bay on the New South Wales south coast on Friday (8 November).

The Board will oversee the joint management of the park, title to which was granted to the Wreck Bay Community in December last year.

Senator Hill says a high priority for the Board will be developing a plan of management for the park, and extensive public input will be an important part of the process.

Six members of the Wreck Bay Community have been appointed: Julie Freeman, Lynette Whaddy, Annette Brown, Phillip McLeod, Paul McLeod and Darren Brown.

Also on the Board is Dr Robert Morrison, a scientist from the University of Wollongong, and Ms Janet Richardson, a senior consultant specialising in ecotourism.

They are joined by two Federal Government representatives: the Director of National Parks and Wildlife, Dr Peter Bridgewater, and the Executive Director of the Territories Office in the Department of Environment, Sport and Territories, Sema Verova.

"Jervis Bay National Park and Botanic Gardens is now jointly managed, using the same internationally acclaimed model which has been so successfully applied at Uluru Kata-Tjuta and Kakadu national parks," Senator Hill said.

"A greater emphasis on traditional Aboriginal land management practices, of maintaining and caring for the environment, can only enhance the park and botanic gardens.

"The joint management arrangement I expect will boost tourism, to the benefit of the entire Shoalhaven area, while allowing for the preservation of local Aboriginal culture.

"The development of a cultural and visitor centre at the park has been proposed as a means of explaining the natural values of Jervis Bay and the strong links of the Wreck Bay Community to the area."

The park contains the first marine area to be returned to the local Aboriginal people.

The 6 300 hectare park currently attracts more than 757 000 visitors every year, which is higher than the figure for Uluru Kata-Tjuta and Kakadu national parks combined.

The park has many natural attractions including unspoilt beaches and heathland. It is home to Ground Parrots, Powerful Owls, seals, rare orchids, littoral rainforest, dune lakes and a penguin colony on Bowen Island.

Contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill) (06) 277 7640 or 0419 693 515

Tim Richmond (Department) (06) 250 9500 w or 295 6984 h

Members of the first Jervis Bay National Park and Botanic Gardens Board of Management

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