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Campbell torpedoes Recherche Bay.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Campbell torpedoes Recherche Bay

15th April 2005

The go-ahead for logging at Recherche Bay by federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell will dispel any lingering hope that he would defend Australia’s prime heritage from developers and greed, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today. “Senator Campbell has refused to protect the internationally significant

cultural landscape at Recherche Bay from logging later this year yet neither he nor his department have visited Recherche Bay to assess its values. “No archaeological survey has been done by the owners, by Gunns Ltd, by Forestry Tasmania or by the state government. “Remarkably, Mr Campbell says in his reasons for refusing to act - “…I found that there was insufficient information available to me to form the conclusion that the place may have outstanding heritage values to the nation as a cultural landscape, and that the claim required further investigation. No further information is advanced in relation to it being a cultural landscape. The assertion of the professional opinion of the rarity of this place as a cultural landscape cannot be established without evidence to the effect that it is indeed one of a few such landscapes surviving. This evidence has not been brought forward.” “Gallipoli was a prime cultural site for listing on the new list of National Heritage. Now bulldozers are ripping a road to it. “Recherche Bay has top experts judging it as a prime site for National Heritage but, ignoring the experts, the Minister is licensing the bulldozers to rip through it as well. “Under the Howard government, this nation’s cultural landscape is becoming a bulldozer parade ground. Australians must express their feelings or nothing will be safe”, Senator Brown said.

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