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Notice given 16 February 2006

*1591  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Is the Minister or his department in receipt of nominations for National Heritage or World Heritage listing for the Burrup Peninsula or Dampier Rock Art Province; if so: (a) how many nominations; (b) from which parties; and (c) on what dates.

(2) Has the Minister or his department received any urgent listing nominations; if so, what is the status of those nominations.

(3) Has the Minister or his department received any appeals against the National Heritage listing for the Burrup Peninsula or Dampier Rock Art Province; if so, how many and from whom.

(4) If the Minister or his department has received appeals against the listing, will the details of those appeals be released.

(5) If the Minister has received appeals against the listing, are those appeals available to the nominees and by what process.

(6) Has the Minister or his department had any discussions or correspondence with agencies or the Government of Western Australia in relation to their views on the National Heritage listing of the Burrup Peninsula or Dampier Rock Art Province; if so, can an outline of those discussions be provided.

(7) Has the Minister or his department had any discussions or correspondence with agencies or the Government of Western Australia in relation to their views on the World Heritage listing of the Burrup Peninsula or Dampier Rock Art Province; if so, can an outline of those discussions be provided.

(8) Has the Minister or his department commissioned any reports into the heritage or other values of the Burrup Peninsula or Dampier Rock Art Province; if so: (a) what are they; (b) how many have been concluded; (c) how many are outstanding; and (d) can any completed reports be released.

(9) Does the Minister acknowledge that the heritage values of the area are of global significance.

*1592  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Does the Minister recognise that the wetland habitat within the Perth Airport site is one of the priority recommended release habitats for the Western Swamp Tortoise to survive in the wild.

(2) Is the Minister aware that the airport managers have recently established on the Bassendean Sands, surrounding Munday Swamp, a very large composting facility adjacent to and up slope from Munday Swamp, which is a nationally significant wetland of high natural and cultural value and ritual and historic associations with turtles.

(3) Is the Minister aware of the very poor pollutant attenuation characteristics of Perth’s Bassendean Sands.

 

 (4) Is the Minister aware: (a) of 1980s documentation and continued assertions by Indigenous people that a Dreaming track extends through the culturally significant Munday Swamp, to and along the Helena River; (b) that until the 1970s Allawah Grove was an important Wajuk Nyungar settlement on this land; and (c) that the airport area is richly scattered with many documented ancient artefacts of significant Indigenous heritage.

(5) Is the Minister aware that the resolution of a recent workshop attended by the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) and the Western Australian Conservation and Land Management Authority (CALM), held at the Conservation Council of Western Australia, resolved that areas of natural and cultural value including the natural bushland and wetlands and priority turtle areas surrounding the operational part of the airport be excised from commercial control and placed under the management of the CALM.

(6) Does the Minister support this proposal to protect this area in a CALM managed reserve.

(7) Does the Minister agree that the Commonwealth and state governments have both recently failed to meet their objectives and targets, set out in the National Objectives and Targets for Biodiversity Conservation 2001-2005 , especially in relation to action no. 1 (to restore and retain native vegetation and natural ecosystems), in this instance.

(8) What is the Minister planning to do to improve the Government’s record in this regard.

*1593  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Perth Airport Brickworks Proposal:

(1) Is the Minister aware that the proposed brickworks area is an area of high biodiversity value, which was subject to the Western Australian Environment Protection Act 1983 and Area M52 recommendations, including ‘that the Commonwealth of Australia retain as much uncleared land as possible’.

(2) Is the Minister aware that: (a) System 6 area, with high biodiversity value, was nominated to the Federal Government’s register of the National Estate; and (b) this area is an area of very high Indigenous heritage value.

(3) In relation to the Major Development Plan undertaken for the proposed Perth Airport Brickworks Project:

(a) what detailed Indigenous heritage cultural survey, including treatment of the Dreaming track through this area, was completed;

(b) what detailed fauna survey, including release program of the Short Neck Tortoise and the high use of the area by Quenda, was completed;

(c) what detailed flora surveys, including a treatment of the significance of the unusual form of golden-flowered Banksia Menziesii, was completed; and

(d) can the results of these studies be provided; if not, why not.

(4) If the above studies were not undertaken, why was the Major Development Plan allowed to proceed in the absence of adequate and high quality detailed Indigenous heritage, detailed fauna and detailed flora surveys.

 

 *1594  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) How much remnant bushland on the Perth Airport System 6, Area M52, has been cleared since the:

(a) Western Australian Environment Protection Agency released its System 6 Redbook in 1983;

(b) Western Australian Government released its final Bush Forever report in 2000;

(c) Federal Government initiated protection of Area M52 under the Australian Heritage Commission Act;

(d) Federal Government enacted the Airports Act 1996 .

(e) Federal Government passed through each stage of the Perth Airport master plan process.

(2) How much conservation category wetland has been cleared from the areas described in the Swan Coastal Plain Wetland Atlas in 1996, in the:

(a) System 6 Area M52;

(b) areas initiated for protection on the Register of the National Estate under the Federal Government’s Australian Heritage Commission Act; and

(c) conservation category wetland areas mapped in the Western Australian Government’s Bush Forever study in December 2000.

(3) Does the Minister agree that parts of the natural surroundings of the airport have state significant fauna habitat values for the Quenda, Long Necked Turtle and other species, including proposed historic association with and proposed captive breeding program release areas for the rare and endangered Western Swamp Tortoise.

(4) Does the Minister support the protection of high natural and cultural value areas on the register of the natural estate.

(5) Can the Minister explain why the Commonwealth is not requiring protection of all of the 600 hectares of the high-biodiversity remnant bushland and wetlands recognised under the Western Australian biodiversity strategy called Perth Bush Forever.