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

Chevron Backs Cassowary Conservation Effort


16 June 1997
(59A/97)

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has welcomed a contribution of $10,000 to the new Wet Tropics Cassowary Fund by major energy company Chevron.

Senator Hill has announced the establishment of a $200,000 Wet Tropics Cassowary Fund to protect the rapidly declining Cassowary population in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in north Queensland.

Senator Hill says that the Cassowary Fund represents an innovative approach to conservation.

"We are establishing a specific fund to design and implement community conservation of a critical species.

"Chevron's contribution of $10,000 is an outstanding demonstration of its commitment to the community and the environment of North Queensland. It will significantly assist the community in its efforts to save the Cassowary."

Senator Hill has called upon other organisations to join Chevron in contributing to conservation efforts for the Cassowary.

"Conservation measures are most effective when they are developed and implemented through a partnership approach involving government, the community and industry.

"I am pleased that Chevron is committed to this partnership approach. I understand Chevron's efforts to save the Cassowary are consistent with its role in assisting conservation and sustainable development in Papua New Guinea. '

"By working together, the community, government and industry can deliver the environmental outcomes that Australians want - in this case, the conservation of the Cassowary in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in North Queensland."

Media contact: Matt Brown, 06 277 7640; 0419 693 515

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