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

Lord Howe Island World Heritage Area Receives Major Funding Boost

24 May 1997

The Commonwealth Government has given a major boost to the protection and conservation of the Lord Howe Island Group by providing a six fold increase in funding for World Heritage management and upkeep.

Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced funding of $360,000 for various projects to improve the management and protection of World Heritage values. In the previous year (1995/96), the ALP had provided only $60,000 for Lord Howe Island.

Senator Hill says the massive funding increase has been supplemented by funding from the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

"The Lord Howe Island Group was entered on the World Heritage List in 1982 for its outstanding natural values and this increase in Commonwealth funding will help ensure these internationally important values are protected.

"Projects to be funded include the upgrading of visitor, interpretation and scientific facilities and the upgrading of walking tracks. The funding will also continue the development of a strategic management plan and provide on - ground management support.

"A major focus will be placed on projects to control noxious weeds and feral animals - both of which pose a significant threat to the Island's World Heritage values.

"Funding will also contribute to the development of a strategic plan for the Lord Howe Island Group which is currently being worked on by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments and the Island community.

"Another key project being funded is the development of a scientific research and project management facility. The construction of this facility has been actively supported by scientists. It will provide a much needed base for on-going scientific research and assist in developing and implementing management and monitoring programs to protect World Heritage values."

Senator Hill says further funds will flow to Lord Howe Island in the 1997-98 financial year.

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

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