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Monday, 20 August 2012
Page: 9029

Heritage Listing: Dampier Archipelago

Dear Mr Murphy

I refer to your letter of 21 May 2012 concerning The Standing Committee on Petitions regarding the addition of Dampier Archipelago as a World Heritage listing.

On 2 March 2011, Senator Sterle advised the Senate, on my behalf, that the Australian Heritage Council would be instructed to assess whether the Dampier Archipelago has heritage value of Outstanding Universal Value and any threats to that site. On 4 April 2012, the Australian Heritage Council submitted their final report, which is available to the public on the Council's website:

I have requested the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to provide me with advice on the report's findings. I will take the appropriate action after considering that advice.

Thank you for writing on this matter.

from the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Mr T Burke