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Monday, 27 September 1993
Page: 1228

(Question No. 444)

Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, upon notice, on 20 July 1993:

  (1) What measures have been taken to develop a World Heritage Nomination in conjunction with the New South Wales Government for the Sydney Opera House

  (2) Will the nomination be completed within the 1993-94 financial year.

Senator Schacht —The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) I have written to the Hon Robert Webster MLC, New South Wales Minister for Planning informing him that a meeting of experts has been held to evaluate whether the Opera House meets the criteria for a World Heritage nomination. Discussions will now be held with the New South Wales Government to determine how the nomination will be produced.

  (2) It is too early in the process to know whether the nomination will be completed within the current financial year.