TARKINE WILDERNESS

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (9.36 a.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the World Heritage significance of the Tarkine wilderness in the north-west of Tasmania;

(b) notes that a nomination for the Tarkine to be listed on Australia’s National Heritage list was submitted in 2004;

(c) notes the Government has:
(i)
placed the Tarkine National Heritage nomination on the Australian Heritage Council’s 2007-08 priority assessment program,
(ii)
indicated it will thoroughly and carefully assess this complex nomination, including the public consultation required by the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and
(iii)
asked the Australian Heritage Council also to examine, identify and advise the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (Mr Turnbull) of any World Heritage values contained in the areas proposed; and

(d) supports:
(i)
subject to listing, the development of strategic and conservation management plans for any listed areas, and
(ii)
the development of sensitive and appropriate eco-tourism infrastructure only after thorough assessment of potential impacts on any National Heritage-listed areas under the Act.
Question agreed to.

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