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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

T213/07 3 October 2007

GREAT BARRIER REEF AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN APPOINTED

The Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull today announced the appointment of Dr Russell Reichelt as the Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Dr Reichelt will take up his appointment in November 2007.

“Dr Reichelt has extensive experience in fields related to the functions of the Authority such as marine science, industry and oceans policy. He has been the Managing Director of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre since 2006. Previously he was also the CEO of the CRC Reef Research Centre and CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

"Dr Reichelt has previously been chairman of the Board of Seafood Services Australia Limited, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee and the National Oceans Advisory Group.

Mr Turnbull thanked the outgoing Chairperson, the Honourable Virginia Chadwick for her distinguished record of achievement in managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority over the last eight years.

Since 1997 the Government has invested over $378 million in the protection and management of the reef. Under the Government’s stewardship sanctuary zones were increased to cover 30% of the reef region, earning the Government a World Wide Fund for Nature “A Gift to the Earth Award”.

Dr Reicheldt’s appointment highlight's the Australian Government’s continuing commitment to the long term protection of the Great Barrier Reef. He will lead the Authority through a challenging and exciting period.

Implementing recommendations from the recent review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 is a priority. This will strengthen the future governance framework, increase transparency and engagement with stakeholders, and build on the collaborative arrangements with the Queensland Government.

Particularly attention will be given to:

• Renewal of the Authority’s dual roles of reef management and long term protection; • Research, monitoring and reporting to inform management and policy decisions; • Publication of a periodic “Outlook Report“ on the condition of the Reef • Working with the Queensland Government to deliver strong joint management of the Reef

World Heritage Area.

Media contact: Brad Burke 02 6277 7640 or 0400 337 252