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

INPUT SOUGHT ON LAKE EYRE BASIN PLANS


18 May 1999

Federal Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, has officially opened the new Longreach headquarters for The Lake Eyre Basin Coordinating Group.

The Commonwealth will provide more than $500,000 towards community-driven catchment management activities in the Lake Eyre Basin.

Speaking at the opening, Senator Hill urged the community to become involved in management plans for the basin.

"The Lake Eyre Basin includes areas of outstanding natural and cultural value, making a vital contribution to the economies of Queensland, South Australia and the nation as a whole.

"A discussion paper has now been released on the future management of this vital region. It outlines four proposed models, including the Government's favoured option of a Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum. I would urge interested members of the community to read it and make submissions before the deadline of July 16th."

Senator Hill said the new Longreach headquarters will accommodate two catchment coordinators and an information officer.

"This will assist the Lake Eyre Basin Catchment Coordinators carry out their work of improving natural resource management and conservation.

"The Coordinating Group provides a forum where everyone with an interest in the Basin can meet to resolve conflicting demands and find opportunities and solutions in cooperative way.

Senator Hill also recognised the important role the Coordinating Group played in providing advice to government on the management of the region.

Attached: Lake Eyre Basin fact sheet

Contacts:
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 0411 128 582
Kate Andrews, Lake Eyre Basin Coordination Group, (07) 4658 0600

Commonwealth of Australia