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Australia : AIMS site secured for future reef research.

The future of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) research facility has been secured by the Newman Government, by granting greater security of tenure over its operational site, south of Townsville.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said an offer of a Deed of Grant in Trust over the land at Cape Ferguson had been accepted by the world-recognised tropical marine research agency.

The Newman Government has a strong plan for the Great Barrier Reef and a commitment to protecting its world heritage values for current and future generations, Mr Cripps said.

This new tenure arrangement delivers security to AIMS, allowing it to concentrate on its vital, independent research about all aspects of the iconic natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef.

Unlike the former Labor government, we are committed to real and practical efforts to protecting and preserving the reef for multiple sustainable uses, including tourism and recreation.

This new deed will be issued in perpetuity for scientific purposes at a minimum rent and replace the existing special lease and its commercial rental rates, allowing AIMS to reinvest savings into additional marine scientific research.

This contribution from the Newman Government is consistent with our commitment to protect frontline services by ensuring this internationally recognised class marine research facility and its skilled employees remain in North Queensland.

Mr Cripps said he had facilitated discussions between the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and AIMS about options for improving the security of tenure over the Cape Ferguson facility and reducing costs.

Currently the site is subject to a 50-year Special Lease which commenced on November 1, 1974, he said.

The offer to convert the Cape Ferguson tenure arrangements reflects the strong ongoing partnership between the Queensland Government and AIMS.

It recognises and supports the important independent research and development AIMS does in North Queensland for the protection and sustainable use of our marine resources.

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Date:Jun 19, 2014
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