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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 1818


Senator Townley asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is the Minister aware that a Tasmanian court action to defer a decision on mining rights in the Precipitous Bluff area will mean a long delay in the formulation of a management plan for the area.

(2)   Does this leave the way open for the Forestry Department to make claims on the forest surrounding the Precipitous Bluff and for mining companies to stake claims in the area.

(3)   In view of the national importance of this area as a scenic and recreational location, will the Minister intervene to ensure that the south-west of Tasmania is preserved as a National Park.


Senator Cavanagh - The Minister for the Environment and Conservation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) I am aware that a Tasmanian court action has deferred a decision on mining rights in the Precipitous Bluff area. Any claims by the Forestry Department on the forest surrounding Precipitous Bluff and for mining companies to stake claims in the area are basically matters for the State Goverment and I am not aware that the absence of a court decision would influence these claims. In the interim I cannot see any resultant delay in the formulation of the draft management plan.

(3)   I am aware of the national importance of this area as a scenic and recreational location and intend meeting all State Ministers responsible for national parks to discuss any assistance the Australian Government can provide to ensure the preservation of areas as National Parks. To this end $500,000 was provided in the 1973-74 Budget for the acquisition of national parks and reserves in the States.







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