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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2158

Question No. 521

Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 14 September 1983:

What funds have been provided by the Commonwealth for the South West Tasmania World Heritage Area for 1983-84.

Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The 1983-84 Budget includes $27m for payments for Tasmania under assistance arrangements arising from termination of the Gordon-below-Franklin Dam. This includes the provision of $1.118m for care and maintenance work in South West Tasmania, particularly rehabilitation works in the Gordon River area. In addition the Government has offered the Tasmanian Government $5m for the development of tourist facilities in the region. Up to $2m of this amount is available in 1983-84.

Proposals for the future managment of the World Heritage Area are being prepared for the consideration of the Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments. The proposals will include the question of funds that the Commonwealth will provide for management purposes. However, on 31 August the Prime Minister offered financial assistance for essential management requirements in the World Heritage Area for the interim period before longer term arrangements can be settled, with the level of resources and the basis on which costs might be met by the respective governments to be determined following discussions between officials of the two governments.