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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
27 May 1997
Federal Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill and Queensland Planning and Local Government Minister, Mrs Di McCauley today welcomed the release of the Cape York Land Use Report jointly commissioned by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments.
The Report, released by the Chair of the Cape York Regional Advisory Group, Jim Petrich, completes stage II of the Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy.
“This is a comprehensive report with a range of recommendations to consider,” Senator Hill said.
“There is little doubt that Cape York is one of Australia’s special places. It is an area rich in flora and fauna, with many rare species. As the Prime Minister, Mr Howard, said during the last election campaign, Cape York is one of the last great wilderness areas.”
“The region is also an important part of the Queensland economy, particularly in relation to its cattle and mining industries”, Mrs McCauley said.
“The CYPLUS process, which has involved a full cross section of interests on the Cape, provides both governments with an exciting opportunity to ensure that the Cape will be managed in a way that increases jobs and economic development while protecting and respecting the environmental and cultural values of the region.”
Both Ministers acknowledged and thanked those that had been involved in the preparation of the report, particularly Jim Petrich and the staff of the CYPLUS Secretariat.
“The report is the result of extensive consultations within the Cape York community and was prepared by a community advisory group that included pastoralists, the mining industry, conservation groups, local governments and the indigenous community,” Mrs McCauley said.
“It is an achievement in itself that such a diverse range of interests have produced a consensus and ambitious report,” Senator Hill said.
“Those involved should be congratulated for the cooperative and practical way in which they worked together.”
Both Ministers said that the Queensland and Commonwealth governments would now consider the Report’s recommendations.
“We will ensure that the report is properly assessed in a timely fashion before commenting on specific recommendations,” Mrs McCauley said.
“We would also encourage residents of Far North Queensland to read the report and comment to governments on its findings, Senator Hill said.
For further comment:
Matt Brown Senator Hill’s office 06 277 7640
Jake Smith Mrs McCauley’s office 07 3235 4280