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National Wildlife Corridors Plan Advisory Group

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The Hon Tony Burke MP Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

National Wildlife Corridors Plan Advisory Group

Media release 12 April 2011

Environment Minister Tony Burke today announced members of an advisory group to inform the Gillard Government’s development of a National Wildlife Corridors Plan, to be chaired by former Environment Minister Bob Debus.

The National Wildlife Corridors Plan advisory group, which meets for the first time today, will consult with regional and community groups, landholders, environmental organisations, other governments and the private sector to inform development of a draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan.

Mr Burke said the meeting of the advisory group was an important step in delivery of the Government’s commitment to establish a National Wildlife Corridors Plan.

“The Gillard Government understands we need to prepare our native plants and animals as well as our agricultural landscape for climate change,” Mr Burke said.

“That’s why the Government has commmitted to working with the community through regional natural resource management groups to plan these National Wildlife Corridors.

“The corridors will link national parks and reserves with well-managed private land and guide future Government investments in projects to support the protection of our natural environment and conserve our biodiversity.”

The Gillard Government made a commitment at the 2010 Election to invest $10 million to build the resilience of Australia’s environment to climate change by working with the 56 regional natural resource management groups to develop a National Wildilife Corridors Plan.

The Advisory Group comprises representatives from academia, industry, environmental non-government organisations, natural resource management bodies and Indigenous groups.