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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 112

(Question No. 3020)


Mr Tickner asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 29 November 1985:

What steps has the Commonwealth taken to seek to include the Torres Strait in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park following ratification of the Torres Strait Treaty.


Mr Cohen —In answering the honourable member's question on 11 February 1986 (Hansard, page 179) I expressed a view that inclusion in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park of the area up to the southern boundary of the Torres Strait Protected Zone would require amendment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. Following further investigation I am now able to advise that a northerly extension to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to include the small residual area up to the southern boundary of the Protected Zone can be made by Regulation and Proclamation, without amendment to the Act.