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    Minister for Natural Resources and Water and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED ON THREE NEW QUEENSLAND WILD RIVER PROPOSALS

    Minister for Natural Resources and Water and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Wednesday, July 23, 2008

    PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED ON THREE NEW QUEENSLAND WILD RIVER PROPOSALS

    The Bligh Government is seeking public comment on three new proposed wild river areas on Cape York Peninsula.

    Natural Resources and Water Minister Craig Wallace said declaration proposals were being released this week for proposed wild river areas covering the Archer, Lockhart and Stewart river basins.

    “The Bligh Government is planning for Queensland’s future by protecting our world-class natural environment,” Mr Wallace said.

    “It is committed to preserving Queensland’s wild rivers for current and future generations,” he said.

    Minister Wallace said the Bligh Government would consult the community extensively on the three new wild river proposals.

    “Our Wild Rivers team will hold face to face meetings with landholders, traditional owners, local councils and industry representatives and information packages will be sent to interested people.

    “The package will include maps along with the formal declaration proposal, an overview report to clearly explain the proposal and a submission form for people wanting to provide comment.”

    Minister Wallace said the Bligh Government also had joined with Indigenous organisations to provide information on these proposals across Cape York.

    “This partnership will ensure traditional owners across these basins are fully aware of the proposed declarations and what they mean for their country.’’

    Mr Wallace said the declaration last year of Queensland’s first six wild rivers - Settlement Creek, Morning Inlet, Gregory River and Staaten River, in the Gulf, and Hinchinbrook and Fraser Islands – was an event of national and international environmental significance.

    Mr Wallace said a copy of the declaration proposals and overview reports for the three basins can be obtained from the Department of Natural Resource and Water’s website at www.nrw.qld.gov.au or by phoning a Wild Rivers Coordinator, phone - (07) 4039 8283 or 4039 8332.

    Formal submissions close on 21 November 2008.

    Media contact: Paul Childs, Minister’s office, 0407 131 654.