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


25 May 1999

Federal Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, today announced the Government would retain the statutory position of Commonwealth Director of National Parks and Wildlife.

The Director's current status and role in relation to the management of Commonwealth National Parks, including Kakadu, Uluru Kata-Tjuta and Booderee, will be preserved in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill 1998.

The Government will now not proceed with reforms under which the Director would have ceased to be a separate statutory authority, with relevant functions being performed by senior officers in the Parks Australia section of Environment Australia.

These reforms were designed to simplify and improve internal administration of Commonwealth National Parks, delivering benefits for the environment and public administration.

Senator Hill said the Government has decided to maintain the national park functions of the Director after considering submissions from the traditional owners of Kakadu, Uluru Kata-Tjuta and Booderee National Parks.

He said the Government will continue on-going efforts, in co-operation with traditional owners, to provide the best possible administration of Commonwealth National Parks.

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