A Plan for a Cleaner Environment

2013
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Minister’s foreword

Australia’s unique and diverse environment supports so much of what makes us great.

Our identity springs from our environment - from the Indigenous heritage of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu to the Great Barrier Reef, the majestic forests of South-East Australia and our unique Australian flora and fauna.

We define ourselves and are identified by our environment.

A healthy environment is also a healthy economy. Our way of life depends on clean air, clean land and clean water. Our sense of self is also enhanced by our natural and cultural heritage, as is our attraction as a destination for tourism.

Our Plan for a Cleaner Environment is central to the Government’s framework of five national objectives that aim to deliver real solutions for Australia.

This brochure outlines how the four pillars of our environment plan – Clean Air, Clean Land, Clean Water and Heritage Protection – will help realise the Government’s vision of a great society by protecting and improving our environment for future generations.

This is a vision of individuals, communities and businesses getting on with the work of responsible air, land, water and heritage management without unnecessary bureaucracy.

Whether it’s as one of the young Australians engaged in the Green Army, a householder installing solar panels, an irrigator in the Murray-Darling Basin, or a volunteer Landcare worker, we all have a part to play.

You can help us protect and maintain what is best from our past, while preparing the way for a better future.

Greg Hunt
Minister for the Environment