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Tuesday, 13 May 1980
Page: 2170

Senator Carrick - On 18 March 1980 (Hansard, page 711) Senator Mulvihill asked Senator Durack, as Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate, a question without notice concerning mining in the Kakadu National Park.

The Prime Minister has supplied the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government accepted the recommendations of the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry relating to the extent of the Kakadu National Park and the control of mining activities within the Park.

The Inquiry recommended that certain areas on which uranium mining might be permitted be excluded from the Park. On the basis ofthis recommendation, the Ranger Project Area and the area of the Koongarra Special Mineral Lease Application 69 were excluded from the first Stage of the Park, which was proclaimed on 5 April 1979.

With respect to control of mining activities within the Park, the Inquiry recommended:

That there be no activities associated with mining (including exploration) in the National Park for the time being;

That those activities not be permitted in the National Park in the future except after very careful consideration. If found to be necessary, they should be carefully controlled in accordance with a formally developed plan of management as provided for in the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act.

In my statement of 6 March 1980, at the launching of the World Conservation Strategy, I announced the nomination of the Kakadu National Park as the first area in Australia to be nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

It is considered by the Government that the recommendations of the Ranger Environmental Inquiry as accepted by the Government are consistent with this listing. There is no relationship between proclamation of a World Heritage site and its use, unless that use destroy its heritage values.

I also announced that the plan of management for Kakadu will provide an opportunity for the public to comment, thus assuring that differing interests will be accommodated in the use made of the Park

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