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

24 September 1999


Federal Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill, today announced the appointment of Mr Peter Cochrane as the new Commonwealth Director of National Parks and Wildlife.

Senator Hill said he expected Mr Cochrane's appointment would further strengthen the management of Commonwealth's 16 National Parks.

"Mr Cochrane is eminently qualified for the position. He has extensive experience and expertise in natural resource management, including in relation to the delivery of land and water management programs, the protection of threatened species and the development of greenhouse policy," Senator Hill said.

Mr Cochrane is currently employed as the Deputy Executive Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. He has helped improve the relationship between environmental regulators and Australian industry. Mr Cochrane is on the National Oceans Advisory Group and chairs the CSIRO Marine Sector Advisory Committee.

"Mr Cochrane will bring to the position a diversity of skills and experience, together with a strong track record on the environment. He is well placed to ensure Australia continues to deliver world's best practice in the management of our national parks," Senator Hill said.

The Director is responsible for over 300 staff and a budget of approximately $50 million.

"One of the key priorities for Mr Cochrane will be to work in close partnership with the traditional owners of Kakadu, Uluru Kata-Tjuta and Booderee National Parks," Senator Hill said.

"The Commonwealth is committed to maintaining and improving joint management arrangements in these parks to protect their cultural and natural heritage and to meet the aspiration of Aboriginal communities living in these parks."

Senator Hill thanked Mr Colin Griffiths for his commitment and contribution during his term as Acting Director.

Media contact: Rod Bruem 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364

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