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Thursday, 9 December 2004
Page: 128

Senator Brown asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 18 November 2004:

With reference to the rehabilitation of mine sites in Tasmania: What strategy does the Government have for remediation of the impact of mining on the environment of the west coast of Tasmania, including Macquarie Harbour and the Tasmanian Wilderness Word Heritage Area.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

State and Territory governments are responsible for the regulation and management of mine closures and mine site rehabilitation.

The Government's strategy for management of the Wilderness World Heritage Area may be found in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1999. This plan documents the joint management arrangements between the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments for the World Heritage Area.