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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Australian Books on Best Environmental Practice in Mining put into Practice at Workshops in India

28 October 1996

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has launched two new titles in the series Best Practice Environmental Management in Mining. The eleven books now in the series formed the basis of two successful workshops organised this week in India as part of the Government's New Horizons Initiative.

Senator Hill said that the great success of the workshops in India has confirmed the international value of the series. Over 6000 sets were distributed last year, 2000 going overseas to 60 countries.

'This joint project between the Australian Government and mining industry has been described as a world first by an official of the World Bank; the best example of cooperation between the private sector and government. These booklets on best environmental practice have created great interest in India and this significant Australian initiative provides opportunities for further international cooperation,' Senator Hill said.

The 12 strong Australian delegation in India, made up of representatives from Commonwealth and State EPAs, exploration and mining companies and academic researchers, held workshops in Calcutta and Bangalore. These were oversubscribed and attended by senior Indian Government officials and business leaders.

Senator Hill said that there can be no doubt that Australian mining companies are leading world best practice and that there is great potential for sharing this expertise internationally.

'The message of environmental excellence through the adoption of best practice techniques is being spread both here and overseas by this excellent series of booklets. Industry has enthusiastically welcomed the initiative,' Senator Hill said.

The booklets are being distributed widely through industry associations such as the Minerals Council of Australia, State and Territory Government agencies, including environment, mining and resource departments. To cater for a growing international demand, the booklets are being translated into Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian (Bahasa) and Spanish.

Subjects range from mine planning and community consultation, through tailings containment to rehabilitation and revegetation. The latest two titles are

Onshore Minerals and Petroleum Exploration, and Environmental Auditing.

For further information:

Minister's Office Matt Brown (06) 277 7640

Department Katrina Edwards (06) 274 1832

Commonwealth of Australia