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31 October 2002

Geoscience Australia will launch a new CD titled Australian Estuaries and coastal waterways: A guide to the biogeochemistry of sediments and water on Friday 1 November at 2.30pm in conjunction with the National Coastal Conference being held in Tweed Heads.

The CD is a collaborative effort by David Heggie and a team of coastal scientists from Geoscience Australia and Dr. Graham Skyring of Skyring Environment Enterprises.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources Warren Entsch, whose portfolio responsibilities include Geoscience Australia, today encouraged schools, universities, local councils and other key stakeholders to take advantage of the wealth of information contained in the CD.

"Anyone who has an interest in pollution, the water quality of estuaries and coastal waterways or contemporary issues affecting Australia's coastal environment would do well to seize upon this excellent reference tool," Mr Entsch said.

"The CD is a simple, interactive multimedia guide, which explores the complex processes controlling water quality and affecting Australia's coastal eco-systems. It uncovers the biogeochemistry of sediments and water in a unique and highly descriptive way."

The CD contains six chapters dealing with the interactions between animals, land, plants and water.

Mr Entsch said the CD represents an important tool for understanding and interpreting ongoing studies of Australia's coastal environment.

A report released by the Commonwealth Government in 1995, showed that pollution from the land was a major threat to Australia's marine environment.

Recently, a National Land and Water Resources Audit report stated that about 50% of Australian estuaries and coastal waterways were in near-pristine condition but that the other half were somehow modified.

"Deteriorating water quality is a still major issue for all Australians and the more we understand about it, the more we can do to prevent it," Mr Entsch said.

The launch will take place at Geoscience Australia office located at the corner of Jerrabomberra Avenue & Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston.

Copies of the CD will be available at the National Coastal Conference or through Geoscience Australia.

For further information please contact Felicity Edge on 02 6249 9728 or David Heggie on 02 6249 9589.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013