Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2443

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. I refer him to a question I asked on 29 November regarding negotiations between the Australian Government and the New South Wales Government on the release of Sydney Harbour foreshore land occupied by the Australian Government. Has the New South Wales Premier yet conformed with protocol and written to the Prime Minister? Secondly, will the Australian Government accede to the pleas of the Middle Harbour conservation groups to preserve the Bantry Bay region as it is?

Senator CAVANAGH - This question was asked last week and I have discussed it with the Minister. He advises me that the Premier of New South Wales wrote to the Prime Minister last month about this question. The Premier suggested that negotiations should start now on the handing over of land occupied by the Australian Government in a number of areas around the foreshores of Sydney. The Australian Government has been concerned for some time that land should be made available as a Sydney Harbour national park and is quite prepared to undertake negotiations with the New South Wales Government. I believe that the Deputy Prime Minister reported yesterday in answer to a question in another place that a number of Ministers and their Departments were involved in this question and were making a co-ordinated approach to respond to the Premier's letter. I am informed that Bantry Bay is an important area in any future discussions between the Australian Government and the State Government but the Australian Government would not treat the area in isolation from other areas. There are a number of areas in Sydney which could be considered for national parks, for conservation or for other uses desired by the Australian Government. We want to discuss all these questions with the New South Wales Government on an inter-government basis.

Suggest corrections