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Joint Statement
Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment
The Hon Brian Littleproud, MLA, Queensland Minister for Environment

Fraser Island Management Structure Announced


7 March 1997
(23/97)

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments have taken steps to ensure the world heritage values of Fraser Island are effectively managed, protected and conserved.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Queensland Minister for Environment Brian Littleproud have met in Canberra today to finalise joint management arrangements for the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.

The Ministers have agreed to a management structure which comprises a Fraser Island Ministerial Council, a Board of Management, a Scientific Advisory Committee, and a Community Advisory Committee.

The Ministerial Council will provide policy direction for the management of Fraser Island and provide for effective co-ordination and co-operation between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments.

The Board of Management will oversee the implementation of the management plan for Fraser Island and will include representatives of the Commonwealth and State Governments along with nominees from the local governments with responsibility for Fraser Island.

The Community Advisory Committee will allow for stakeholder input and will include representatives from the tourism industry, local landowners, conservation groups, Aboriginal people and recreational associations. The Scientific Advisory Committee will provide expert independent advice on scientific and technical issues. Both committees will report directly to the Board.

Senator Hill said the establishment of the management structure would ensure Fraser Island's unique natural beauty will be preserved for future generations.

"This is an important move for the future of Fraser Island - a move which again illustrates the Commonwealth's willingness to work with the States on world heritage issues.

"We are moving quickly to establish the management structure and expect it to be in place before the first meeting of the Fraser Island Ministerial Council in June."

Mr Littleproud said the new structure would lead to improved management of the island in terms of both conservation and eco-tourism.

"The Queensland Government recognises the need to improve the management of Fraser Island, a situation inherited from the Labor Government," he said.

"By establishing this structure we will be in a better position to determine needs and priorities for future funding."

Mr Littleproud also welcomed the Commonwealth Minister's recognition of the need to address the issues on Fraser Island.

Appointments to the new Board and advisory committees will be by mutual agreement between Senator Hill and Mr Littleproud.

Media contacts -

Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515

Kerry White (Mr Littleproud) 07 3227 8819 or 0412 161 189

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