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Truss releases Australia's rangelands status report.



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HON WARREN TRUSS MP MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

AFFA02/112WT 22 May 2002

Truss releases Australia’s rangelands status report

Federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss today released a report that gives Australians access to the most up-to-date system for monitoring and assessing the status of the continent’s rangelands.

Announcing details of the report, Rangelands — Tracking Changes, at the ABARE Regional Outlook Conference in Dubbo, Mr Truss said it could underpin management actions to maintain, protect and develop Australia’s rangelands.

“The rangelands, which comprise the central arid regions of the continent, cover about 75 per cent of Australia and have unique social, cultural and environmental characteristics,” Mr Truss said.

“They provide a base and home for an enormous range of people and industries — from pastoralism to mining and tourism across regional centres, from provincial cities to Indigenous communities and remote properties.

“The report and development of a national framework for assessing Australia’s rangelands has been a valued collaborative effort between the four rangeland States (NSW, Queensland, SA and WA), the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth.”

The landmark report produced by the National Land and Water Resources Audit, a program of the Commonwealth Government’s Natural Heritage Trust, provides a summary of economic, social and environmental information on Australia’s rangelands at national and regional levels.

“For example, the report shows that land set aside by farmers and governments for nature conservation has increased 15-fold since the 1950s,” Mr Truss said.

Rangelands — Tracking Changes collates information on land, water and vegetation resources and, for the first time, provides insights into changes in land tenure across rangelands Australia.

Rangelands is one of seven themes covered by the National Land and Water Resources Audit. More information is available at www.nlwra.gov.au.

Copies of Rangelands — Tracking Changes can be ordered from the Audit by fax (02) 6257 9518 or email info@nlwra.gov.au.

Further inquiries: Mr Truss's office, Andrew Hall 0419 996 766

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Last updated 22 May 2002

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