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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2190..


Gudgenby Valley. Surveys of containment lines in Tidbinbilla and southern Namadgi are nearing completion.

The only known wooden artifact site has been inspected. The site undamaged.

Assessment of possible damage to known Aboriginal stone arrangements in Namadgi is scheduled to commence on 18 May.

Assessment of possible damage to known Aboriginal scarred trees will take place in late May early June, subject to safe access being possible.

Question (3)

Consultation with all relevant groups has been conducted through Environment ACT Heritage Unit. Consultation has been conducted with the following:

Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation (for areas other than Namadgi);

Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation;

Ngunnawal Local Aboriginal Land Council;

Ngunnawal members of the Interim Namadgi Advisory Board; and

Environment ACT's Parks and Conservation Service Ngunnawal Rangers.

Environment ACT does not consult with Buru Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation on matters relater to Aboriginal sites in Namadgi [except as required under the Land (Planning and Environment) ACT] following the corporation's decision [through Don Bell] not to be part of the Joint Management arrangements put in place fro Namadgi.

Question (4)

Restoration work will begin when the Ngunawal community has considered the recommendations of the expert consultants and a scope of restoration work agreed with the community.

Environment ACT expects that work will begin in October 2003 but a firm date cannot be given at this stage. Before work can start, the community needs to consider properly the recommendations of the expert consultants and make decisions about preferred materials to be used in restoration work.

There is also a need for the infrastructure component of any restoration work to fit with the priorities of the overall program of asset replacement in areas managed by Environment ACT. All of the damaged sites are stable and not vulnerable to further damage.

Tree removals and replacements

(Question No 664)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to replacement of street trees:

(1) Who conducted the independent review of street trees that led to the announcement that 309 street trees would be removed;


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