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Management plan required for Carnarvon Gorge.



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Media Release

 

ATSIC

 

21.7.99

 

MANAGEMENT PLAN REQUIRED FOR CARNARVON GORGE

 

The Chairman of the Bidjara, Aboriginal Housing and Land Company Limited Land, Mr Ray Robinson, has welcomed the decision by the Queensland Government to halt a proposed touris t development project at Carnarvon Gorge because of environmental concerns.

 

Mr Robinson says the decision is a victory for common sense.

 

But, he says the State Government now needs to consider the development of a management plan for the area in consultation with the Bidjara people.

 

“The Bidjara people have been concerned for the future of the Gorge unless its is properly managed it consultation with us,” Mr Robinson said.

 

“We have a long and close association with the Gorge.

 

“It is rich in Bidjara history and we still rely take our children to visit the area to see their traditional art sites.

 

“We have also attempted for some years to establish a cultural centre and museum at the Gorge so that the cultural values of the area can be preserved for the future generations of Aboriginal people and the wider community.”

 

Mr Robinson, who is currently Acting Chairman of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, said he was pleased Environment Minister Rod Welford had called a halt to a plan by the Borbidge Government to expand the campsite at the Gorge after investigating environmental damage.

 

“The Minister’s decision to review the development master plan sanctioned by the previous Government presents a splendid opportunity for the State Government to form a close working relationship with the Bidjara people on the future of this significant area,” he added.

 

“We would appreciate an early meeting with the Minister to discuss how we can assist the Government in any investigation of the area given our long traditional association with it.

 

“We’d like to see the development of a proper management plan to ensure the Gorge is protected for future generations.”

 

For further media comment: Ray Robinson 014 6543 352

 

 

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