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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

15 April 2005

Recherche Bay heritage not under threat


Possible National Heritage values on the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay in Tasmania are not immediately under threat, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell decided today, on the basis of comprehensive advice from the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage.

"This is the third emergency application for National Heritage Listing and nothing has changed," Senator Campbell said.

"My department has again advised me that emergency listing is not necessary to protect potential National Heritage values on the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay.

"I am satisfied with my department's advice, that those values are not threatened if the stringent conditions in the Forest Practices Plan, certified recently by the Tasmanian Government, are applied and monitored.

"The Tasmanian Government has repeated its assurances that significant heritage at Recherche Bay will be conserved well into the future from damage by logging and related road building.

"The Forest Practices Plan, now in place, indicates logging will be confined to only about one third of the overall area, and in my previous consideration I was assured by the Tasmanian Government that logging would be selective.

"I have noted comments by the property owners advising that logging was unlikely to begin before the end of the year.

"So, until or unless the situation changes this application does not meet the requirements for emergency listing under the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act."

The Australian Heritage Council is currently assessing the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay under the standard, non-emergency provisions for the National Heritage List. The Council is due to report to the Minister on their assessment by 2 June 2005.

The legislation establishes a process for the Australian Heritage Council to assess nominations for the National Heritage List over a period of 12 months and present a report to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage.

Applications to emergency list places on the National Heritage List are made directly to the Minister. Emergency listing provides a process for the Minister to protect places with outstanding heritage value to the nation that are under threat.

A statement of reasons for the decision can be found at http://www.deh.gov.au/cgi-bin/epbc/heritage_ap.pl?list=NHL&name=rejemergency&state=&limit=9999&text_search

Further information about Australia's national heritage system can be found at www.deh.gov.au/heritage/national

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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