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


5 March 1998

Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, today announced that the Governor-General had accepted the government's recommendation to appoint Mr Peter King as the new Chairman of the Australian Heritage Commission for a three-year term.

Mr King is a leading Sydney barrister who has had considerable involvement in planning, heritage and environment issues.

"I am delighted Mr King has agreed to take up this appointment", Senator Hill said.

"He will bring to the position not only his own professional experience, but also an extensive on-the ground knowledge of conservation issues gained through work in local government and with community groups".

A former Rhodes scholar, Mr King has practiced as a barrister in Sydney for 20 years, and specialises in international, constitutional and admiralty law. Since 1995 he has been a Judicial Member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal of New South Wales.

Senator Hill said that Mr King was a member of Woollahra Council for four years and Mayor for two during which time he dealt extensively with planning and heritage issues.

"Mr King has also had direct involvement in conservation issues arising from both his work as a pro bono adviser to Landcare Walcha and as convenor of an urban environmental group in eastern Sydney.

"Mr King will replace the former Chair, Ms Wendy McCarthy AO, whose term concluded at the end of January 1998".

Senator Hill said that Ms McCarthy had made a major contribution to heritage conservation during her time in office.

"I am confident that, under Mr King's leadership, the Commission will continue to play a key role in conserving Australia's heritage while encouraging liaison with all players in the heritage field", Senator Hill said.

Media contact:
Matt Brown, Minister's Office (02) 6277 7640
Noel Pratt, Australian Heritage Commission (02) 6217-2117
5 March 1998 (22/98)

Click here for a copy of Mr King's curriculum vitae.

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