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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3153

Mr Cohen asked the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 17 April 1980:

(   1 ) Did payments to the States under the States Grants (Nature Conservation) Act to assist States to acquire land of nature conservation significance for national park purposes amount to $195,246 out of $1,047,000 appropriated in 1977-78 and 1978-79.

(2)   What land was purchased for these purposes in these periods.

(3)   What land, committed for purchase, has not been acquired.

(4)   Has a proposed expenditure of $404,000 been estimated for these purposes in 1980-81; if so, will this sum be sufficient to purchase land not yet acquired.

Mr Thomson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1) In 1977-78 and 1978-79 the Commonwealth provided funds to the States totalling $ 1 95,242 out of a total appropriation of $1,047,000 primarily to assist in the acquisition of land for national park purposes.

(2)   In 1977-78 and 1978-79, the Commonwealth provided financial assistance to the Government of Victoria to acquire land for the Yellingbo State Faunal Reserve, and has also assisted the Tasmanian Government to acquire land at Asbestos Range and Partridge Island. These funds were provided in accordance with prior specific agreement between the Commonwealth and the respective States.

(3)   Negotiations are still underway regarding relatively small amounts of land at Yellingbo in Victoria and Asbestos Range in Tasmania.

(4)   Sufficient funds will be made available to meet commitments that have been incurred in accordance with existing agreements.

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