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Joint Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
7 March 2002
The Federal Coalition Government has announced that it will continue the important work of the National Land and Water Resources Audit.
The Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, and the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, David Kemp, said today they had decided the work of the Natural Heritage Trust-funded Audit should be extended beyond 30 June this year, when its work was due to have ended.
The purpose of the Audit has been to provide an independent, comprehensive, nationwide appraisal of Australia's natural resources and their use.
Over the past few years, this information has been invaluable in guiding and tracking the progress of the Federal Government's significant investments in natural resource management such as the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.
The work of the Audit has been undertaken with the cooperation of State and Territory governments and is of enormous practical value to the States, industries and the community in natural resource planning and management.
Reports of the Audit have been compiled under seven themes or issues:
Work has also been done on data and information, and biodiversity. Reports on most themes have been released and copies are available from the Audit. The Ministers said details of how the Audit's work is to be continued are still to be worked out.
However, the main aim will be to ensure that the capacity built up in the first stage of the Audit is not lost and the benefits of this work are maintained.
Further information is available at the Audit's web site: www.nlwra.gov.au
Mr Truss's office Tim Langmead (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 221 433
Dr Kemp's office Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400