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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4964 ..

(3) The final decisions on these matters will depend upon the outcome of the community consultation.

(4) Funding allocated to the Bushfire Memorial Community Consultation is $25,000. Funding for the design, fabrication and installation of the memorial is $160,000. Start and completion dates will be determined by the outcomes of the community consultation.

(5) The Government has allocated minor capital works funds through the 2003-04 Budget for the memorial.

Aboriginal sacred sites

(Question No 1148)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Arts and Heritage, upon notice:

In relation to Aboriginal sacred sites:

(1) What studies or works remain to be completed in regenerating or evaluating aboriginal sacred sites damaged during the January bushfires;

(2) Has the evaluation of sacred trees been completed and what action can now take place following that evaluation;

(3) What is the estimated monetary loss of aboriginal sacred sites in the January bushfires.

Mr Wood

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

(1) Containment line surveys have been completed. Registration of sites found in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and some rural leases has occurred, with reports documenting findings on fire trails in Canberra Nature Park due shortly. These sites will also then be registered.

(2) The surveys undertaken included inspections for all types of Aboriginal places, including scarred trees. Known scarred trees in Namadgi have been checked and one is known to be lost. Inspection of others in the Kambah area has found that none were damaged there. Bushfire Recovery funds have been set aside to allow for conservation and management of scarred trees when surveys and Registrations are completed.

(3) It is not possible and would be culturally offensive to place a monetary value on any place considered significant to a particular culture. Significant Aboriginal places are irreplaceable.

Shopping centre upgrades

(Question No 1149)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to shopping centre upgrades:

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