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

$100 000 DONATION TO ENHANCE OZONE PROTECTION


26 November 1998

EPSON Australia, Australian arm of the Japanese electronics manufacturer, has donated $100 000 to support global efforts to reduce the effects of ozone-depleting substances on the stratosphere.

Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, says the money will be used to foster regional initiatives, public education and research activities which will complement Australia's existing domestic and international ozone protection activities.

"There is a trend to assume that the world community has solved the problems associated with the ozone hole over Antarctica. We must continue to be vigilant and continue to encourage all nations to take timely action to ensure the ozone layer fully recovers.

"Last year's recognition by the United Nations Environment Program of Australia's outstanding contribution to protection of the ozone layer confirms our status as a world leader in tackling this major environmental problem.

"The Government will continue to encourage productive cooperation with business to achieve environmental outcomes.

"There can be no doubt that effective moves towards sustainability by major industries will produce lasting economic and environmental benefits.

"SEIKO EPSON is an excellent example for those businesses who aspire to combine their business goals with environmental protection," Senator Hill said.

SEIKO EPSON Corporation's key achievements include:

"I congratulate the SEIKO EPSON Corporation for its excellent environmental work and thank EPSON Australia for this generous donation," Senator Hill said.

The cheque will be presented at a gala dinner in Sydney tonight which marks the 15th anniversary of EPSON Australia.

Media inquiries:
Senator Hill's office Matt Brown (02) 6277 7640 mobile 0419 693 513
Environment Australia John Durham (02) 6274 1651
26 November 1998

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