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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1696..


Aboriginal sites

(Question No 1408)

Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Arts and Heritage, upon notice:

In relation to Aboriginal sites:

(1) How many Aboriginal heritage places and objects were discovered as a result of the 2003 fires;

(2) What were the dates when they were discovered;

(3) Where is the registration process up to for these places and objects;

(4) What is the timeframe for bringing that registration up-to-date;

(5) How many places and objects are at risk of damage or destruction given their registration has not been processed.

Mr Wood: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

(1) To date, 344 Aboriginal places have been discovered as a result of the 2003 fires.

(2) Places were discovered throughout the year as follows.

Month Discovered

Number

March 2003

129

April 2003

20

May 2003

37

June 2003

12

July 2003

8

August 2003

73

September 2003

51

October 2003

3

November 2003

7

December 2003

2

January 2004

2

(3) To date 153 Aboriginal sites have been interim registered and a further 191 are included in draft citations.

(4) Three registrations (including 153 of the places) have been notified. The remainder of places are included in four draft registrations due to be completed as soon as possible.

(5) No sites are at risk of damage or destruction as sections 67 and 70 of the Land (Environment and Planning) ACT, 1991 provide protection for unregistered Aboriginal places. The as yet unregistered places are within ACT Forestry lands and Namadgi National Park. Land managers are well aware of the existence of these places.


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