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Joint Media Release
Senator Robert Hill, Federal Minister for Environment
Brian Littleproud, Queensland Minister for Environment

Eminent Environmentalist Appointed Wet Tropics Management Authority Chair

19 November 1996

Professor Tor Hundloe has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

The appointment has been confirmed in a joint announcement by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, and the Queensland Minister for Environment, Mr Brian Littleproud MLA.

Professor Hundloe is presently a part-time Commissioner with the Industry Commission and is also a Director of the Technology Management Centre at the University of Queensland.

Professor Hundloe is an excellent appointee with a longstanding commitment to environmental protection. He has considerable experience and expertise in relation to environmental issues, including environmental impact assessment, fisheries and coastal management, eco-tourism and environmental economics.

Both Ministers recognise that, as Chairperson of the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Professor Hundloe will face a number of complex issues relating to the world heritage values of the region, including issues relating to the finalisation of the management plan for the region.

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments are confident that Professor Hundloe will ensure the Authority effectively promotes the conservation of the region's world heritage values with the full support and participation of the local community.

Professor Hundloe's experience in eco-tourism matters will ensure that the residents of the wet tropics region enjoy the benefits of world heritage listing through the continued development of an ecologically sustainable tourism industry which operates in a manner consistent with world heritage values.

Professor Hundloe will replace Geoff Donaghy as Chairperson. Mr Donaghy signalled his intention to retire from the position earlier this year.

Both Ministers joined in thanking Mr Donaghy for his efforts in directing the work of the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

For further comment: Matt Brown, Senator Hill, 06 277 7640; 0419 693 515

Kerry White, Mr Littleproud, 0412 161 189

Commonwealth of Australia