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Tuesday, 16 February 1999
Page: 2925

Mr Latham asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 11 November 1998:

(1) Did the World Heritage Bureau at its 22nd session in Paris In June 1998 review Australian properties which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List; if so, with what outcome.

(2) Did the Bureau consider Australian properties which have been nominated for the List but not inscribed on it; if so, with what outcome.

Mr Vaile (Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The Bureau reviewed the state of conservation of Kakadu National Park. It noted that Australian authorities provided additional information on Kakadu. The Bureau considered letters received from groups in Australia expressing concern about perceived threats posed by mining at Jabiluka. The Bureau decided to send a mission to Kakadu National Park. In taking this decision, the Bureau noted that progress in protecting Kakadu had been good and that adequate care had been taken by Australia in protection of World Heritage values. The mission has subsequently completed its visit to Kakadu. The matter was further considered by the World Heritage Bureau and the World Heritage Committee in November and December 1998.

In relation to the Tasmanian Wilderness, the Bureau requested Australia to keep the World Heritage Committee informed of any potential boundary extensions that may be foreseen and to provide a timetable for the implementation of the Regional Forestry Agreement.

The Bureau also considered information received from Australia on the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, Shark Bay and the Wet Tropics.

(2) No.