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Wednesday, 22 August 1979
Page: 504

Mr Kerin (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 7 June 1 979:

(1   ) Is the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Service at loggerheads with the Northern Territory Government regarding the question of town planning in national parks in the Northern Territory;

(2)   Is it a fact that the Minister or his predecessor disregarded the views of the Northern Territory Government in the matter referred to in part (1 ) at the time of the framing and passing of the relevant Bills and Acts.

(3)   Is the Jabiru Town Development Act in conflict with the Commonwealth legislation; if so, what requirements by the Commonwealth are not being met by the Northern Territory Government.

(4)   Has the Northern Territory Government conveyed its views directly to the Commonwealth Government.

(5)   Is it also a fact that the Northern Territory Government has employed the services of Macintosh, Parkes and

Associates, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory to make its views known.

(6)   Has this organisation issued any statements putting forward the Northern Territory Government's point of view; if so, is this a usual form of Government to Government communication.

Mr Groom -The Minister for Science and the Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) There are two townships in the Northern Territory associated with national parks proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act. These are at the Uluru (Ayers Rock- Mt Olga) National Park and the Kakadu National Park. The Yulara Village at Uluru is outside the Park boundary and the plan was developed by a joint Commonwealth/Northern Territory planning team. The plan for the Jabiru township in the Kakadu National Park was developed by consultants for the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Jabiru Town Development Authority has been established by the Northern Territory Government to construct the town substantially to this town plan.

(2)   The Government had regard for all views, including those of the Northern Territory, during the framing of the Bills and the passing of the Acts relating to mining development, the establishment of townships, the protection of the environment and the welfare of the Aboriginal people in the Alligator Rivers Region.

(3)   No. The National Parks and Wildlife Conversation Act at sub-section 8C(2) enables a township to be established and developed by the Jabiru Township Development Authority.

(4)   Yes.

(5)   I am not aware of the relationship the Northern Territory Government has with Macintosh, Parkes and Associates, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

(6)   Macintosh, Parkes and Associates has issued a statement purporting to represent the views of the Northern Territory Government. I do not accept such statements as a communication between Governments.

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