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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
28 January 2005
The Tasmanian Government has given assurances that the heritage values of the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay are not threatened by logging.
The Minister for Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has accepted departmental advice and decided not to give the area an emergency listing to the National Heritage List.
An application to emergency list the area was received in December 2004, in response to fears that logging of the area would start in January and that the protective buffer zones around the archaeological sites were not sufficient.
"I am advised by my department that although the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay has potential National Heritage values, they will not be threatened - provided the protective measures required under the Tasmanian Government's Forest Practices Code and certified Forest Practices Plan are applied and rigorously enforced," Senator Campbell said.
"I am assured by the Tasmanian Government that there will only be selective logging with a high retention of existing trees.
"The Tasmanian Government must ensure that the measures provided by the Forest Practices Code and the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995 to protect the heritage values of the area are fully carried out, otherwise I will reconsider the issue of threat and emergency listing of the area.
"The Australian Heritage Council is currently assessing the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay under the normal, non-emergency provisions for the National Heritage List. My decision not to emergency list the area does not affect the current assessment or influence its outcome. I expect to receive a report from the Council on their assessment in the next few months."
New 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.
Further information about Australia's national heritage system can be found at www.deh.gov.au/heritage/national.
Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434