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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

9 July 1999

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY VISITS NSW SOUTH COAST


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage Dr Sharman Stone MP, will today inspect some of the south coast's environmental 'hot spots' and meet with residents to discuss local environmental issues.

Dr Stone said she had been invited to visit the area by local federal member, Mrs Joanna Gash MP.

"It was a great pleasure to be invited to visit the south coast by my good friend and federal colleague, Joanna Gash MP, Federal Member for Gilmore," Dr Stone said.

"Mrs Gash is doing a great job representing the people of the south coast, and is making sure their issues and concerns are being heard in Canberra."

The day-long itinerary will include inspections of Lake Wollumboola and Lake Conjola and Jervis Bay National Park.

Meetings have also been arranged with the Shoalhaven City Council to discuss the Council's 'best-practice" recycled waste scheme and the Jervis Bay Marine Park Committee for briefings on federal-state management plans.

Dr Stone said one of the important components of the trip would be a scheduled meeting with Shoalhaven City Council members for a briefing about the Re-use Effluent Management Scheme, one of the most innovative waste recycling schemes in Australia.

"Around $1 million in funding from the Natural Heritage Trust's Coast and Clean Seas program has been injected into the project to upgrade five local sewerage treatment plants and reduce the amount of waste water being discharged into the ocean, the Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay."

"It is no wonder Joanna Gash, Federal member for Gilmore is so keen to ensure environmental issues are appropriately dealt with," Dr Stone said.

"The New South Wales south coast has some of the most pristine beaches and ocean any where in the world."

"The region is also special because it is home to a national marine park and national park, as well as important wetlands, lakes and bushland that support the area's unique native flora and fauna and migratory wildlife."

"Despite all this beauty, there are still some pressing environmental issues facing local residents and impacting upon regional development. It is very important that I gain first hand knowledge of these issues so we can ensure the best basis for future government decisions," Dr Stone said.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415

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