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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

5 April 2004

Kemp announces decision on Yakabindie Nickel Project

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, has, after careful consideration, made a decision that affects the future of the Yakabindie Nickel Project.

In making the announcement, the Minister said, “ I have received three related applications from Aboriginal groups under Sections 9 and 10 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 seeking protection for an area that includes the land on which WMC Resources proposes to develop the Yakabindie Nickel Mine.”

“After carefully considering all of the evidence contained in the substantial volume of material relating to the application, I have decided, on the evidence before me, not to make a declaration under either Section 9 or 10 of the Act.”

The areas for which protection under the Act was being sought are described as:

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