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Media Release
Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

13 June 2001

Launch of Greening Oz's new Top End office kicks off Indigenous Advisory Group meeting

A celebration to mark the opening of Greening Australia's new Northern Territory head office was held today in the Old Quarantine Building at Stuart Park in Darwin, coinciding with the third Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) Meeting.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage officially opened the new building, donated by the Northern Territory Government. Members of the new IAC to the Federal Government's Environment Department also attended on their way to a two-day meeting at Kakadu.

"The Federal Government relies on the expertise of non-government organisations like Greening Australia to carry out important natural resource and environmental works in the Top End", Sharman Stone said.

"$7.7m will be spent on 128 Natural Heritage Trust projects in the Northern Territory in 2000-2001 to help community groups, local government and the Territory Government meet the dual goals of sustainable agriculture and conservation of Australia's unique biological diversity".

"Greening Australia's new headquarters will provide a green boost for the environment across the Northern Territory".

Dr Stone said that the IAC, chaired by Gatjil Djerrkura, would begin a two-day meeting at Kakadu on Thursday.

"They will be addressing a broad range of topics including; Indigenous Heritage, the recording of traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge and biological diversity, as well as meeting with the Park's Board of Management".

"Drawn from all Australian States and Territories, the IAC are an invaluable source of knowledge and expertise in the development of environmental and natural resource policy for the Federal Government", Sharman Stone said.

Simon Frost 0419 495 468
June 13th, 2001

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