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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
18 December 1999
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today announced Adelaide as the Australian city selected to host official international World Environment Day activities on 5 June 2000.
Senator Hill said Adelaide was chosen from a strong field of State capital cities to work with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to celebrate the major event in the international environmental calendar.
"South Australia is home to the world's second largest marine park at the Great Australian Bight; Australia's first Indigenous Protected Area at Nantawarrina in the Flinders Ranges; the world's largest mallee wilderness at Yumbarra Conservation Park; and internationally recognised wetlands at Chowilla, the Coorong and Lower Lakes, and Coongie Lakes.
"The state is also recognised as a world leader in a number of environmental technologies particularly relating to efficient use and treatment of water.
"This is a great opportunity for Australia to demonstrate its environmental achievements and its commitment to ecological sustainable development and to build on the international focus in the lead up to and during the Green Olympic Games.
"I would encourage the community to support World Environment Day activities to promote both our unique environment and innovative environmental management in fields as diverse as mining and solar power.
"I would also call on the environment movement to use the day to highlight the importance of sustainably managing our natural resources.
"World Environment Day is a cause for national activity and celebrations planned in cities and towns across the country and should serve to galvanise people's commitment to protecting the environment and show the world that Australia's unique environmental heritage is in good hands," Senator Hill said.
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Patrick Fletcher (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1959 or 0413 021 079