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Tuesday, 31 March 1987
Page: 1821


Mr COHEN (Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment)(10.00) —by leave-I move:

(1) After clause 2, page 1, insert the following clauses:

Interpretation

``2a. Section 3 of the Principal Act is amended:

(a) by inserting after the definition of `interest' in subsection (1) the following definition:

` ``Kakadu National Park'' means the area for the time being declared under section 7 to be the park of that name;';

(b) by omitting from subsection (1) the definition of `operations for the recovery of minerals'.

``2b. After section 3 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted:

Operations for the recovery of minerals

`3a. (1) In this Act, subject to subsection (2), ``operations for the recovery of minerals'' means any operations or activities for or in connection with, or incidental to, the mining (whether by underground or surface working) or recovery of minerals or the production of material from minerals and, in particular, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes:

(a) prospecting and exploration for minerals, the milling, refining, treatment and processing of minerals and the handling, transportation, storage and disposal of minerals and of material produced from minerals; and

(b) the construction and use of towns, camps, dams, pipelines, power lines or other structures, and the performance of any other work, for the purposes of any such operations or activities.

`(2) In this Act, ``operations for the recovery of minerals'' does not include:

(a) anything done for the purposes of building or construction, or the supply of water, in a park or reserve, unless those purposes are connected with, or incidental to, operations for the recovery of minerals;

(b) the transportation of anything in the Kakadu National Park along routes (including air routes) prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph;

(c) the construction and use of pipelines and power lines in Kakadu National Park along routes prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph; or

(d) prescribed activities carried on in Kakadu National Park in connection with, or incidental to, operations for the recovery of minerals carried on outside Kakadu National Park.'.''.

(2) Clause 4, page 2, line 12, omit ``8d''.

The purpose of the amendments is to correct a minor technical error in the drafting of the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Amendment Bill and to exclude certain activities from application of the `no mining' provisions. The main activities which will be excluded are the recovery of water and gravel essential for management of the park; transportation of minerals, goods and people through Kakadu National Park, and other activities in the park related to mining outside the park. Transport routes and activities related to mining will be prescribed by regulations to come into effect at the same time as the amended legislation. This is essentially the same provision as that in the current National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, which requires the approval of the Governor-General for mineral related activities in the National Park.