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Unveiling of Great Barrier Reef world heritage plaque



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MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENT

28 SEPTEMBER, 1984.

UNVEILING OF GREAT BARRIER REEF WORLD HERITAGE PLAQUE

THE MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND ENVIRONMENT, MR BARRY COHEN, TODAY UNVEILED A BRONZE PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE INSCRIPTION OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF ON THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST.

THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE GREAT BARRIER

REEF MARINE PARK AUTHORITY IN TOWNSVILLE, WHERE THE PLAQUE IS TO FORM PART OF A PUBLIC EDUCATION DISPLAY ABOUT THE REEF.

MR COHEN TOLD AN INVITED AUDIENCE THAT 98.5 PER CENT OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF - STRETCHING 2,000 KILOMETRES ALONG THE QUEENSLAND COAST - HAD BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE MARINE PARK

AND WAS NOW PROTECTED UNDER COMMONWEALTH LEGISLATION.

THE PARK WAS THE WORLD'S LARGEST MARINE CONSERVATION RESERVATION COVERING APPROXIMATELY 345,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES.

MR COHEN OUTLINED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND INDIVIDUALS IN PROTECTING NATIONAL ASSETS OF OUTSTANDING UNIVERSAL VALUE1 SUCH AS THOSE

INSCRIBED ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST.

HE SAID LEGISLATION WAS VITAL IN THIS PROTECTION, BUT JUST AS VITAL WERE CO-OPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS AT ADMINISTRATIVE AND POLICY

LEVELS BETWEEN THE COMMONWEALTH AND STATE GOVERNMENTS FOR

MANAGEMENT OF SUCH PLACES.

Further inquiries:

Colin Griffiths (062) 72 4548

Bert Castellari (062) 702541