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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

10 June 2004

Virginia Chadwick re-appointed as Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today announced the re-appointment of Virginia Chadwick to another three year term as Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Mrs Chadwick has been Chair of GBRMPA for five years.

Dr Kemp said he was delighted that Mrs Chadwick would continue to lead GBRMPA.

"Virginia Chadwick has been an extremely capable Chair of GBRMPA through one of the most challenging and demanding projects engaged by the Authority since the Park's inception," Dr Kemp said.

"The new zoning plan for the Park that comes into effect on July 1 - which makes the Great Barrier Reef the best protected reef system in the world for the great benefit of its biodiversity and the major industries that rely upon it - is very much the result of work by Virginia Chadwick and her team at GBRMPA.

"The development of the plan involved one of the most comprehensive public consultation processes ever undertaken in this country. Mrs Chadwick led that effort superbly and deserves the thanks of all Australians for her pivotal role in making the plan a reality.

"The Great Barrier reef is in safe hands with Virginia Chadwick at the helm on GBRMPA."

Dr Kemp said a key role for Mrs Chadwick in her second term would be implementation of the new plan, which has increased the area of the Park that attracts the highest level of protection from 4.5% to 33.3%.

She will also implement a new Water Quality Monitoring Program to support the joint Queensland and Australian Government Reef Water Quality Protection Plan which aims to first halt, and then reverse, the decline in the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon in a decade.

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