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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
11 June 2000
Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill today announced the proclamation of the largest marine park off the New South Wales coast, in Commonwealth waters around Lord Howe Island.
The Lord Howe Island Marine Park lies between 3 and 12 nautical miles around Lord Howe Island and Ball's Pyramid and their adjacent islands. It includes the entire Lord Howe seamount system and its biologically diverse ecosystems.
Senator Hill said the marine park will cover approximately 300,510 hectares, and incorporates almost all of the Commonwealth marine component of the Lord Howe Island Group World Heritage Area.
"Adjoining the NSW Marine Park, the Lord Howe Island Marine Park gives extended protection to the World Heritage and National Estate values of the Lord Howe Island marine environment," Senator Hill said.
"The Park will protect the unique marine species in the waters surrounding Lord Howe Island as well as meeting the needs of the Island's community by ensuring that natural resources important for food, income and recreation are used in an ecologically sustainable manner.
"The Federal Government is committed to developing a nationally representative system of marine protected areas and will soon begin working with stakeholders to develop a management plan to determine how the park will be managed and used.
"The declaration of the Lord Howe Marine Park reflects this commitment and has followed extensive consultation with the Island community, including fishing and tourist operators and conservation groups."
The declaration of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park coincides with the announcement of the Cartier Island Marine Reserve.
"The Howard Government is recognised as a world-leader in ocean protection and marine park management. These declarations reflect our commitment to developing a nationally representative system of marine protected areas in Commonwealth waters. It follows the declaration of the world's largest marine protected zone in the Macquarie Island Marine Park last year," Senator Hill said.
11 June 2000
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Leanne Wilks (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1223 or 0402 067 076
Lord Howe Island Marine Park Fact Sheet