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Question Without Notice No. 321 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

''WHEATBELT REGION PARKS AND RESERVES DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN''

321. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the ''Wheatbelt Region parks and reserves draft management plan''.

(1) What specific consultation has occurred with local government, not-for-profit organisations and others that have land vested under their control that are intended to form part of the Conservation and Parks Commission?

(2) When vesting is subject to consultation with the appropriate organisation in control of the state land, when is it intended that this consultation will occur?

(3) Is the minister aware that local governments have not been directly made aware of the plan and the related public comment period that closes on 5 April 2019?

(4) Will the minister extend the public comment period and more widely advertise the opportunity for public comment in light of these failings?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1) The consultation process for this draft management plan has been occurring with the community and local governments for several years. In November 2017, all local governments covering the planning area were advised of the preparation of the draft management plan and invited to provide comment by contacting the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Local governments were advised by letter on 15 February 2019 about the release of the draft management plan for public comment, as required under section 59 of the Conservation and Land Management Act.

(2) Further consultation with individual landholders about implementation of proposed tenure changes will be undertaken after I have approved the final management plan.

(3) Refer to answer (1).

(4) The release of the draft plan was advertised in two issues of The West Australian and Farm Weekly to satisfy the requirements of the CALM act, and also through the distribution of letters to a wide range of stakeholders throughout the state, including relevant local governments. The public comment period opened on 5 February 2019 and closes on 5 April 2019. Individual stakeholders are encouraged to contact DBCA if they require an extension for their submission.