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Joint Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
David Tollner MP
Federal Member for Solomon

20 November 2006

Australia assists Indonesia in mine management

Australia is promoting best practice in mine management in Indonesia with a new training programme for regional mining environmental officers being run in Darwin.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, announced details of the training programme today.

"This is the first major project under the Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Forum Working Group on the Environment," Mr Hunt said.

"From sustainable fishing and forestry operations to climate change adaptation and protecting habitat for migratory waterbirds, Australia wants to ensure that we work together in the region to meet the many challenges of living sustainably.

"This course draws on the expertise of the Supervising Scientist Division and is funded under the AusAID Public Sector Linkages Program. The Division plays an important role in overseeing the environmental performance of uranium mines in the Alligator Rivers Region."

The training program will be officially launched in Darwin today by the Federal Member for Solomon, David Tollner.

Mr Tollner said the programme is a joint effort between the Australian Government, Charles Darwin University, the Northern Territory Government and the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment.

"It is one of a range of environmental projects we are working on together with partners in the region," Mr Tollner said.

"The month-long course will aim to equip officers from the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment with the knowledge and skills the need to appropriately manage and regulate environmental aspects of mining activities in Indonesia, and to train others to undertake such regulation," Mr Tollner said.

"It also covers such issues as mine site environmental regulation, water quality impacts, monitoring and assessment, and mine site closure and rehabilitation."

Media Contacts:
John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) on 0400 496 596
David Tollner MP on 08 8981 3434 or 0414 690 109

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