Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Indigenous Protected Areas Newsletter - Issue 1

© Commonwealth of Australia, 2004
ISSN 0 642 555028 X

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A message from Dr Sharman Stone

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

I am very pleased to be able to send everyone greetings through this, the first Indigenous Protected Areas Newsletter. First, let me congratulate all of the IPA managers and their organisations and partners who are doing such fantastic work on their IPA s right across Australia. The Government recognises the value of your contribution to Australia's national effort to protect and conserve the biodiversity and cultural heritage that are such an important part of our national heritage.

I have had the opportunity to visit a number of the IPA s and have been struck by the strong commitment of the Indigenous custodians to protecting their lands and their aspirations for future generations to keep on with this important work. I am also aware of the disadvantages that many communities face in regard to access to the services which are needed to ensure healthy and sustainable communities remain on their country to manage it for all Australians.

The Commonwealth Government is committed to supporting the management of Indigenous Protected Areas into the future as part of our National Reserve System. I look forward to visiting many more of the IPA s in the future.

Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister for the
Environment and Heritage

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