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Monday, 9 September 1996
Page: 3710

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia, draws to the attention of the House

(a) Our support for the nomination and protection of World Heritage Areas within Australia,

(b) Our appreciation of past efforts to protect these areas,

(c) Our concern at the significant actual and potential damage occurring to these areas from mining, damming and tourist developments etc.,

(d) The poor understanding within the community of broad environmental and World Heritage issues,

(e) The unsatisfactory local community reaction to dispute resolution which accompanies protection of these areas.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House

(f) Continues to propose and strongly protect all areas within World Heritage, including banning all non-essential developments and all commercial infrastructure,

(g) Promote environmental awareness of World Heritage issues especially in areas adjacent to World Heritage properties

(h) Establish much clearer processes than now exist, so that developers and public alike can know the Commonwealth's position on World Heritage management and thus avoid the conflicts which have characterised the recent Australian World Heritage experience.

Mr Lindsay