Australian Heritage Council
National Heritage assessment of the Tarkine
9 March 2010
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The National Heritage assessment of the Tarkine is continuing, the Australian Heritage Council said today.
There has been some incorrect information circulating about the assessment that followed the Tarkine’s emergency National Heritage listing in 2009.
Emergency listings are in place for 12 months. During this period the Council conducts an assessment of the place’s heritage values and consults with stakeholders.
At the end of the assessment the Federal Environment Minister either confirms the listing or allows it to lapse. The Minister can also ask the Council to continue working on an assessment, as was the case with the Tarkine assessment.
The Council’s preliminary assessment of the Tarkine found the area was likely to meet national heritage criteria. The preliminary assessment, including the proposed boundary, was publicly available on the Council’s website as it formed the basis for the Council’s consultation with owners, occupiers and relevant Indigenous groups.
The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, requested on 9 December 2010 that the Australian Heritage Council include the Tarkine in its work plan and continue to conduct research and consultation on identifying the area’s National Heritage values.
This work is continuing. The Council expects to conduct further consultation on the area’s National Heritage values in July 2011.