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Senator the Hon. Robert Hill
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Federal Budget 2000-2001

EMBARGO: 8.00pm May 9, 2000

$6 MILLION FOR SYDNEY HARBOUR FEDERATION TRUST


The Howard Government has allocated $6 million over two years to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust to preserve former Defence sites around Sydney Harbour.

Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Senator Robert Hill said the funding reflects the Government's commitment to return the sites to the Australian people.

"During the last election, the Government promised to establish the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust to preserve and rehabilitate the natural and cultural heritage values of five former Defence sites and provide future access," Senator Hill said.

"Six million dollars from the Federation Fund has been allocated to enable the trust to assume and manage the sites when it is legally established. Legislation to establish the trust is before the federal Parliament.

"Part of the funding will be used to develop management plans for each of the sites at North Head, Middle Head, Georges Heights, Woolwich and Cockatoo Island.

"With $4 million in 2000-01 and $2 million in 2001-02, the trust will ensure community participation in the development of these plans.

"Once the plans are finalised, the Government will examine long-term financial arrangements for the trust.

"The funding will allow immediate maintenance and conservation work."

"The Commonwealth is urging New South Wales to join the trust to ensure the best outcomes for these sites, some of which will be included in the Sydney Harbour National Park," Senator Hill said.

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