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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

31 January 2001


Federal Environment Minister and Chair of the National Oceans Ministerial Board Robert Hill today released the Scoping Paper for the South-east Regional Marine Plan.

The South-east Region covers 2.5 million square kilometres of ocean from southern NSW, around Tasmania and Victoria to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. It includes the waters off Macquarie Island.

"This first Regional Marine Plan gives the people who live around Australia's busiest marine region the chance to really contribute to the long term sustainable future of our seas. How we manage human use of the sea to protect our valuable and precious marine environment should be the business of us all," Senator Hill said.

"Indigenous communities, industry, conservation groups and scientists are just some of the interests that are already helping develop the Plan."

"This initiative gives us the chance to examine what we know of the marine ecosystems of the region and how human impacts can be best managed to ensure that future generations inherit a health productive marine environment," Senator Hill said.

The Scoping Paper, approved by the Ministerial Board, describes the planning process and how people can be involved. It flags some of the important issues and questions for the Region and invites people to contribute to how the Plan should progress.

While the Plan concentrates on activities that the Commonwealth manages in the Region, Senator Hill emphasised that the state governments in the South-east have been invited to take part and that discussions will continue to involve states wherever possible.

The Scoping Paper outlines four objectives for the South-east planning process. The objectives are:

A Summary of the Scoping Paper and A Snapshot of the South-east - a description of the South-east Marine Region - are also being released. A Snapshot of the South-east - A Description of the South-east Marine Region introduces the biological and physical characteristics of the South-east, how we use the Region and how we manage those uses - from the coast to the deep sea.

31 January 2001


Veronica Sakell, Director
National Oceans Office
Ph: 03 6221 5021 Mob. 0411 027 285
Belinda Huppatz
Minister for the Environment & Heritage
Ph. 08 8237 7920
Commonwealth of Australia