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

Government Reviews Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority


November 6, 1996
(149/96)

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced an independent review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

The review will be undertaken by Mr Ron Brown, an organisational consultant and a former head of Commonwealth and State Government departments.

The Government has recently decided that tourist users of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park should pay a more significant contribution towards the cost of maintaining the conservation values of the Park.

This move reflects the significance of the Park as a major world heritage site and as an asset for industries such as tourism.

It is also consistent with the trend toward cost recovery for management of parks at both a Commonwealth and State level.

The Government has a responsibility to ensure that these contributions are wisely and efficiently spent.

The review will assist the Government to meet this responsibility.

Mr Brown will consult with selected key industry peak bodies including representatives of the tourism industry, marine professionals and other experts.'

Mr Brown has been asked to report to by early March 1997, on:

A copy of the review's terms of reference is attached.

Media inquiries - Matt Brown on (06) 277 7640 or 0419 693 515.

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