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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

14 May 2002

Kemp Confirms World Heritage Support

Tasmanian World Heritage will continue to receive substantial Federal Government support, despite the end of the four year funding agreement between the Tasmanian and Federal Governments on the 30th June 2002, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp confirmed today.

"I have ensured that $4.3 million will be allocated from the Natural Heritage Trust to support the operational costs of managing the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area in the coming year," Dr Kemp said.

"This reflects the Commonwealth's strong support for Tasmanian World Heritage as we move to the new arrangements under the second phase of the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT 2), which commences this financial year."

"The $4.3 million will provide a solid financial base for the coming year, underpinning the further funding Tasmania can receive for management projects and strategies from its participation in the new Natural Heritage Trust arrangements, especially at the regional level."

The Commonwealth has contributed an additional $1 billion to extend the Natural Heritage Trust for another five years. The new Trust arrangements will build on the successes of the first phase of the NHT to focus on strategic projects especially at a regional level to provide a more integrated and comprehensive natural resource management strategy.

Dr Kemp also highlighted the Commonwealth's commitment to the region by releasing data showing that the Tasmanian Wilderness has received nearly half of all Commonwealth funding for Australia's 10 state-managed World Heritage properties - even though it comprises only 21 per cent of the total area.

The figures show that over the period 1995-96 to 2001-02 the Commonwealth has provided $42.8 million to Tasmania out of a total pool of $91.5 million, more than 46 per cent of the national total.

"No other Government has ever been as generous to the Tasmanian environment as the Howard Government," Dr Kemp said.

"This reflects the special status that the Tasmanian Wilderness holds for all Australians and the priority that Commonwealth has put on protecting and ensuring that people enjoy these unique areas, in a sustainable way.

"Under NHT 2 this commitment will continue and I look forward to approving further funding to Tasmania's environment over the coming years under the more regionally orientated and focused NHT 2 package," Dr Kemp said.

Media contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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