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The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
9 October 2006
Predators, prey and threatened species will all be on display when Parliament resumes in Canberra today.
Amazing wildlife will be unveiled by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, when he launches the ANZANG Nature and Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition.
"It showcases stunning photographs of animals, birds, flowers and landscapes from Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea," Mr Hunt said.
"The countries were once part of the great southern continent, Gondwana. They all possess distinctive flora and fauna which have evolved through long periods of isolation.
"The exhibition attracted over 1100 entries, making this, I am told, the largest nature photographic competition in Australasia.
"The photographs include a predator from Queensland, a snake from Western Australia and a New South Wales species eating one of its own."
The exhibition features winners and runners-up from the second ANZANG Nature and Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, including the winning entry by Kitchner Bain of Western Australia of a pelican taking flight.
Mr Hunt said the Australian Government has been pleased to support the exhibition with a $5,000 Environment Education Grant.
"This exhibition is a reminder of Australia's commitment to the environment beyond its own shores," he said. "The Regional Natural Heritage Programme is helping to conserve biodiversity hotspots in South-East Asia and the Pacific".
"Priority areas include Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Pacific Island countries. The four-year, $10 million programme, announced by the Prime Minister in February 2004, has so far funded 23 projects totalling over $6.1 million that provide practical, on-ground activities to conserve biodiversity within these hotspot regions."
John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) 0400 496 596