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

Draft Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy

7 November 1996

The draft Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy or CYPLUS report was launched for public consultation in Cairns today. The report was launched by the Hon Di McCauley, Queensland Minister of Local Government and Planning and Mr Warren Entsch, Federal Member for Leichardt, on behalf of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Senator the Hon Robert Hill.

The report has been prepared by the Cape York Regional Advisory Group which comprises 15 representatives from key Cape York interests including local authorities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, pastoralists, miners, and environmentalists.

Ms McCauley and Senator Hill welcomed the release of the report as a major milestone in the planning of Cape York's future. The report has been based on the community working together with the two Governments to co-operatively plan for the future of Cape York.

"The Regional Advisory Group needs to be congratulated on the comprehensive coverage of the report" said the two Ministers. "A huge amount of work has gone into the draft report and it is now time for the people of Cape York to consider the report and tell the Regional Advisory Group what they like and don't like about its recommendations."

"Public consultation has very much been the cornerstone of the CYPLUS project" said Senator Hill and Ms McCauley. A two month consultation programme is now underway, primarily aimed at the people of Cape York Peninsula. Dozens of meetings are being held with Cape York communities. Submission close on 31 December. The Regional will then finalise its report and present it to the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments early in the new year.

"The Cape York Regional Advisory Group will consider submissions and present its final report to the two Governments early in the new year" said Ms McCauley.

The draft report describes a vision of Cape York in the year 2000 and detailed strategies to achieve it. These include conservation, economic, cultural, lifestyle and infrastructure strategies.

Media Contact - Matt Brown (Minister) (06) 277 7640 or 0419 693 515

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