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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 682 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2019 by Hon Ken Baston

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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PASTORAL LEASES — WEST KIMBERLEY

682. Hon KEN BASTON to the minister representing the Minister for Lands:

I refer to an application lodged with the Shire of Broome by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage seeking comment on the creation of a perpetual lease over unallocated crown land lot 259 on deposited plan 220696, covering an area of 30 719 hectares in the West Kimberley.

(1) Can the minister please advise whether any future potential native title claimants have been identified and have they been or will they be advised of this proposal; and —

(a) if not, why not; and

(b) if yes, when and by what method was this advice communicated, or will this advice be communicated, and to whom?

(2) Has there been or will there be a process calling on eligible parties to express interest in utilising this lot; and —

(a) if yes, when did, or when will, this occur; and

(b) if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) (a)–(b) Future potential native title claimants have not been identified. Should a native title claim be registered, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will follow the relevant procedures under the Native Title Act 1993.

(2) Yes. The Pastoral Lands Board has recommended that the land can be released for pastoral purposes via amalgamation into one or more of the adjoining pastoral leases only.

(a) The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is progressing the land amalgamation.

(b) Not applicable.