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

19 April 2004

New Chemicals Internet Gateway means better access to information


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today launched a new National Chemical Information Gateway , to provide a one-stop-shop for information on chemicals.

The new Gateway can be accessed via the Internet and provides a simple, coordinated and straightforward way to find a wide range of information on chemicals from websites around Australia and the world.

“This website was developed as a direct response to public feedback that information on chemicals was hard to find. The community believes chemicals are an important environmental issue and wants to be informed,” Dr Kemp said.

“Chemicals are part of our everyday lives. The Gateway will help the community to manage chemicals at a personal level and to participate in debate on chemical issues. It will help householders, schools, small business and many other interested people to better understand chemicals and the environment.

“Having a greater awareness, particularly of household chemicals, will also help reduce chemical impacts on the environment and on human health.

“This is one of those things that is so simple you imagine someone must have thought of it before, but no-one has. So I'm very pleased we've been able to contribute in this way.”

The National Chemical Information Gateway includes links to several education modules that will help school students learn more about the nature and dangers of chemicals around the house.

The Gateway will also be accessible through library and community Internet facilities.

The Gateway is being developed as part of a larger program on environmental management of chemicals by all Australian governments through the Environment Protection and Heritage Council.

The project has been funded under the Australian Government's Sustainable Cities package as a Year of the Built Environment 2004 initiative.

The National Chemical Information Gateway is accessed through the Department of the Environment and Heritage website at www.deh.gov.au/chemicals-gateway

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