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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment


29 April 1998

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, today announced the appointment of Mr John Lyons as a part-time member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

"Mr Lyons has made an outstanding contribution to the North Queensland community over a long period. His appointment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will see him continue to make a contribution to the community in North Queensland and Australia," Senator Macdonald said.

The appointment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will complement a number of Mr Lyons' other positions of community service.

"Mr Lyons is currently Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Advisory Board and Chairman of the Museum of Tropical Queensland Management Board. I am confident his expertise and experience will now enable Mr Lyons to assist in the ongoing protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef," Senator Macdonald said.

Mr Lyons is a leading member of the Townsville professional community, being employed as a director of a leading Charted accountancy firm. His accountancy background and expertise will also be a significant asset for the Authority.

"Mr Lyons' appointment will add to the boards current expertise in science, indigenous culture and public administration," Senator Macdonald said.

Mr Peter Lindsay, Member for Herbert said that he was delighted that a Townsville person with a well demonstrated commitment to the Barrier Reef and a track record in accountancy had been appointed.

"The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority does a great job in the protection of Australia's most significant natural asset, one which provides real economic benefit to the North as well as the important ecological role it plays," Mr Lindsay said.

The Authority is made up of four members who perform a similar function to a board of directors.

The Federal Minister for the Environment, Senator Hill, has previously highlighted the need to address governance issues, including any necessary legislative reforms, to ensure the structure of the Authority reflects the best possible mechanism to protect and manage the Reef. A consultation paper on this issue is being prepared and will be released for public comment.

Senator Macdonald and Senator Hill paid tribute to Professor Rhonda Jones who has completed her term on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for her outstanding contribution over the years.

29 April 1998

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