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Monday, 9 May 1994
Page: 423


Senator COULTER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that the management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, signed by the Commonwealth and the Tasmanian Government in 1992, states that `the Management plan has taken account of agreed levels of Commonwealth and State government recurrent and capital funding until the end of 1993/94 and assumes continuation at similar levels for the five year period following plan approval';

  (b)recognises that this statement contains a very clear commitment by the Commonwealth to continue providing $7 million to the Tasmanian Government for the management of the world heritage area;

  (c)acknowledges that about two-thirds of the visitors to the world heritage area are from outside Tasmania, thereby justifying two to one funding from the Commonwealth;

  (d)recognises that to be sustainable, eco-tourism needs to stress the `eco' aspect as much as tourism and that if this is not done, this form of tourism will eventually fail; and

  (e)calls on the Commonwealth Government to honour the commitment it made in the management plan and provide $7 million of recurrent and capital works funding for the management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.