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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 165

Senator Brown asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 1 December 2004:

With reference to the nomination of the northern peninsula of Recherche Bay for the National Heritage List:

(1)   What studies have been undertaken to ascertain the values of the area.

(2)   When will the assessment of the nomination be completed.

(3)   What action will be taken to ensure that no activities detrimental to the protection of the area are proceeded with before a decision is made about the nomination.

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

(1)   A desktop study on the early maritime exploration of Australia has been completed for use by the Australian Heritage Council (the Council).  The Council will consider whether further studies are required.

(2)   The Council is required to give a written assessment to me on whether this place meets any of the National Heritage criteria within the 12 months statutory assessment period which concludes on 2 March 2005.

(3)   The specific circumstances of the proposed activities would be considered before deciding the course of action which would be appropriate.