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MEDIA RELEASE

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

STANDING COMMITTEE ON

ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE

 

COMMITTEE FINDS LACK OF COORDINATION IN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMS

 

21 June 1999

 

A Parliamentary inquiry has found that some environment programs need to be better coordi nated, to make best use of available resources. The findings were contained in the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage report: Review of the Department of the Environment’s annual report for 1997-98.

 

The review looked at the environment programs managed by the Department of the Environment and Heritage, particularly focusing on programs dealing with rivers and water quality, world heritage areas, national parks and reserves, environment reporting and marine management.

 

“The committee believes there needs to be a more coordinated approach to management of rivers and water programs, to ensure there is good community consultation, ongoing monitoring of results, and best use of available resources,” the chair of the committee, Hon. Ian Causley, MP, said.

 

The committee also found that state of the environment reports, produced every five years, should make use of all data collected for other program areas, such as Regional Forest Agreements. The next state of the environment report is due in 2001.

 

During the review, the management of Australia’s water resources, particularly the health of urban and rural waterways, emerged as a topic warranting further investigation. Accordingly, the committee has extended its inquiries to undertake a larger review of catchment management. The report of the extended inquiry into catchment management will be tabled later in this Parliament.

 

Further information on the committee’s activities can be found on its internet site: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/environ .

 

For more information contact:

 

Hon. Ian Causley, MP 

Suite RG 22, Parliament House

Phone 02 6277 4218 (Parliament House)

02 6642 7084 (Electorate)

Fax: 02 6277 8453 (Parliament House

02 6642 7084 (Electorate)

 

Committee secretariat

R1 110

Phone 02 6277 4580

Fax 02 6277 4424

Email: Environment.Reps@aph.gov.au

 

 

 

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