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Joint Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
Mr Patrick Secker MP
Federal Member for Barker

11 October 2006

New body to promote Riverland Biosphere

Local landholders in the Riverland are banding together to promote the Riverland Biosphere Reserve in a bid to raise awareness of the region's unique environment and natural produce.

They have formed the Riverland Biosphere Trust which will work to highlight the extraordinary biodiversity in the Riverland region in South Australia.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, has welcomed the formation of the new Trust.

"The Riverland is a fantastic part of the country which is a paradise for birdwatchers and recreational boaters," Mr Hunt said.

"The Riverland Biosphere Reserve comprises 900,000 hectares of Mallee country. It includes Calperum Station with its significant Mallee and Murray River wetlands, as well as Taylorville Station, renowned for the nationally endangered Black-eared miner, and the acclaimed Banrock Station, with its stunning wetlands, birdlife and world famous wines.

"The Riverland Biosphere Trust takes over from the Bookmark Biosphere Supporters Group, which ceased operations in September. I want to pay tribute to the members of the Supporters Group who have worked hard for the region."

Local Member for Barker, Patrick Secker, has welcomed the establishment of the Riverland Biosphere Trust.

"I encourage local businesses and community groups to get behind the new organisation," Mr Secker said.

"The Trust is set to play an extremely important role in supporting the marketing of this region.

"The Riverland Biosphere contains one of the largest remaining continuous sections of Mallee, as well as outstanding waterways for nature lovers.

"I look forward to working with the Trust to support the local community in promoting and preserving this outstanding part of the world," Mr Secker said.

Media Contact:
John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) 0400 496 596
Fiona Hurle (Mr Secker's office) 0407 601 395

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