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Joint Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Greg Hunt MP

29 April 2005

World Heritage management spans the ages

A landmark agreement signed today, will see Rainforest Aboriginal groups formally involved in managing Australia's Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area.

"These eighteen tribal groups, who have lived in and managed their traditional country for countless generations, will now join the Queensland and Australian governments in managing this internationally important World Heritage Area," Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage, said in Innisfail today.

"Not only will this agreement see Aboriginal people involved in day-to-day management of the area, it will also help potential National Heritage recognition of their important cultural heritage in the wet tropics," Mr Hunt said.

"Cooperative management flowing from the Wet Tropics Regional Agreement will benefit both the Aboriginal and wider community as well as the environment.

"The Agreement formalises the significant contribution Rainforest Aboriginal people can make to the Wet Tropics heritage values", Mr Hunt said.

The Wet Tropics Regional Agreement calls for:

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