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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

20 July 2006

$6 million for world-class marine and tropical science research


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today visited North Queensland to announce more than $6 million would be invested in research to explore and protect some of Australia’s most applauded natural assets.

The $6.1 million funding is for 2006-07 research priorities under the $40 million Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility based at James Cook University campuses in Cairns and Townsville.

“This is an important step towards a better understanding of the many environmental challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef, the Torres Strait and our tropical rainforests including the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area,” Senator Campbell said.

The 2006-07 Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility research plan covers:

“This Australian Government funding will support collaborative research that draws on the expertise of leading scientists and research organisations,” Senator Campbell said.

“Research produced through this project will help ensure the protection, conservation, sustainable use and management of Australia’s environmental assets,” he said.

Among the 38 projects being funded are:

Senator Campbell flagged the upcoming announcement of a Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility Ministerial Advisory Council to advise on the research and management directions.

“The council will be made up of industry representatives, community representatives, leading research scientists, research and resource management organisations, Indigenous Australian representatives and research end users,” Senator Campbell said.

For more information go to www.deh.gov.au/programs/cerf

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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