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Senator Andrew Bartlett Deputy Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats spokesperson for Environment & Animal Welfare Australian Democrats spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs

Dated: 30 April 2007

Press Release Number: hlmodfzs Portfolio: Indigenous Affairs Related: Environment & Animal Welfare

Indigenous Protected Area must be backed by funding

Democrats' Indigenous Affairs spokesperson Senator Andrew Bartlett welcomed the signing of the Northern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) agreement in the Northern Territory today.

"The signing of this agreement is a very positive step in recognising the importance of Indigenous involvement in maintaining their traditional lands," Senator Bartlett said.

"In order to ensure the ongoing success of the IPA it must be adequately funded which has been highlighted in key recommendations in the recent Senate Committee Inquiry into National Parks.

"The Committee's report also emphasised the environmental and social benefits of enabling greater involvement of Indigenous people in managing their traditional lands.

"It's great that IPAs foster Indigenous involvement but adequate funding must be made available to ensure that their jobs as custodians are better supported," Senator Bartlett concluded.