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

Major Boost to World Heritage Funding


20 March 1997
(30/97)

The Howard Government has given a major boost in funding for the protection and management of Australia's world heritage areas.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced funding of $2,954,000 for six world heritage areas including Shark Bay and Fraser Island. The funding almost triples the amount made available for these areas by the former Labor Government.

Senator Hill says the funding will go toward priority management tasks.

"The funding will be used for projects to protect world heritage values, to continue the development of management plans, to protect critical habitat, and to upgrade interpretation and visitor facilities.

"The increase in funding is further evidence of this Government's commitment to the protection and conservation of world heritage areas. It follows the recent success of the Commonwealth in negotiating effective new management structures for Fraser Island with the Queensland Government.

"Our world heritage areas are places of outstanding universal value -recognised internationally as being amongst the most significant conservation areas on the planet.

"This funding boost will allow Australians to enjoy these areas safe in the knowledge that their unique values are being conserved for future generations."

Funding for 1996-97 is as follows:

1996/97 1995/96
. Shark Bay $490,000 $169,000
. Fraser Island $700,000 $317,150
. Lord Howe Island : $360,000 (1996/97) ; $60,000 (1995/96)
. Willandra Lakes $509,000 ; $122,375
. Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves $325,000 $175,000
. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh and Naracoorte) $570,000 $185,000
Total $2,954,000 $1,028,525

Funding for Australia's other world heritage areas has already been announced.

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

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