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Benson-Pope to visit Sydney

22 June 2006

Benson-Pope to visit Sydney

Environment Minister David Benson-Pope will travel to Australia today to attend the Environment Protection and Heritage Council meeting in Sydney.

The Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) was established by the Council of Australian Governments in June 2001.

The scope of the EPHC includes responsibilities covering environmental protection such as air, water and land quality and management of waste and pollutants as well as natural, historic and indigenous heritage.

The meeting will focus on climate change, waste management policy tools & info, water quality, air quality & chemicals.

“New Zealand’s involvement with the EPHC not only gives us access to Australia’s larger research and practice base, but also enables us to learn from Australian environmental management practices as well as sharing information about our own,” said Mr Benson-Pope.

“This is a great opportunity for me to share my ideas and experiences with my Australian counterparts and vice versa.”

Mr Benson-Pope will give a presentation at the meeting about New Zealand’s progress and experience to date in addressing air quality.


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