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Minister for The Arts, Sport, The Environment and Territories

Ros Kelly Ml®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4 November 1992

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT JOINT STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR ARTS, SPORT, THE ENVIRONMENT AND TERRITORIES, ROS KELLY, THE MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT, MR DAVID

SIMMONS, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION, COUNCILLOR GRAEME FRECKER. | ■ ■ 4

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Major problems confronting the Australian environment have to be tackled by local communities as well as Commonwealth, State and Territory governments according to Commonwealth and Local Government leaders sponsoring a conference on the Gold Coast next week. ^

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The conference on Local Government and the Environment builds on the recognition at the Earth Summit on the need for coordination and cooperation in protecting the environment locally.

Some 200 delegates from around Australia will be meeting on the Gold Coast on 8 and 9 November to share ideas on how best to deal with some of the major problems which are threatening the environment with an emphasis on what can be done in the local context. Delegates include representatives of the Commonwealth, State and Local Government as well as conservation groups, unions and the private sector. *

The Conference is being sponsored by the Commonwealth Environment Protection Agency, the Commonwealth Office of Local Government and the Australian Local Government Association.

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Mrs Ros Kelly, MP, Federal Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories, Mr David Simmons, MP, the Federal Minister for Local Government and Family Support, and Councillor Graeme Frecker, President of the Australian Local Government Association, said today that the Conference would be an important milestone in the relationship between Local

Government and the Commonwealth. It would help develop a national * approach to national environmental issues

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"The Conference is a further step in Australia's continuing commitment to meeting its international and national environmental obligations", they said. *

"This meeting follows on closely from significant international and national environmental commitments. These include the major international environmental agreements made at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Brazil (the Earth Summit), the signing of the Australian Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment, the development of a number of Commonwealth initiated environmental strategies and the recent report establishing the Environmental Information and Support for Local Government Project, with an Advisory Committee chaired by Sir Ninian Stephens."

"It is readily recognised that the Commonwealth and the States have quite clear responsibilities to develop policies which reduce the environmental impact of activities by industry and individuals".

"What is not so readily apparent is the valuable contribution which is already being made by councils at the local level and the tremendous potential for an increase in the effort if Local Government shares information and acts in concert".

"Local Government has direct concerns about waste management, water quality and land use planning and is in a good position to share information about how best to develop national solutions to these national problems".

"The joint sponsorship of the Conference by the Commonwealth and the Australian Local Government Association is indicative of the real and close cooperation between the spheres of government necessary to enable coordinated action to protect Australia's environment".

For Further Information: Contact Noel Pratt CEPA Public Affairs (06) 274 1076

At the Conference Contact Noel Pratt

or Terry Walls

CEPA Public Affairs (07) 978 700