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

UN AWARD FOR COMMUNITY GREENING


25 May 1998
(53/98)

Australians working to repair and protect lost and damaged vegetation were honoured today when the United Nations Environment Program nominated Greening Australia to its Global 500 Roll of Honour.

Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, said the award was international recognition of the work of the Australian community.

Senator Hill said Greening Australia worked closely with the Commonwealth Government, playing a key role in encouraging community involvement in Bushcare, part of the Natural Heritage Trust.

As a national, community-based organisation with a long interest in conserving and re-establishing native vegetation for productivity and nature conservation benefits, Greening Australia had built strong community networks in urban and rural Australia with specialist technical expertise in vegetation management.

It provided technical advice through field days, workshops, training and demonstrations.

In its citation, the United Nations Environment Program described Greening Australia as a defender of the environment. It had often been a 'silent partner' in the struggle for environmental protection.

"Its members did not seek rewards, but their achievements richly deserve to be recognised. UNEP is indeed honoured to pay tribute to the organisation's commitment and we hope that this recognition will encourage its members to continue their work."

Contacts:
Greening Australia, Brian Peck 0017 466 891
Minister's Office, Matt Brown 0419 693 515
25 May 1998
(53/98)

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