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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 483 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2022 by Hon Neil Thomson

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 19 May 2022

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ACT — REGULATIONS

483. Hon NEIL THOMSON to the minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs:

I refer to the regulations under development for the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.

(1) Has the minister consulted extensively with —

(a) small and medium-sized contracting businesses;

(b) trades, such as plumbers, electricians, builders and carpenters;

(c) farmers and their representatives Western Australian Farmers Federation and the Pastoralists and the Graziers Association; and

(d) the approximately 55 000 landowners with more than 1 100 square metres?

(5) If no to any of (1)–(4), why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The honourable member said (1)(a), (b), (c), and (d), and then (5) ''If no to any of (1)–(4), why not?'' Noting that there are mistakes in the question, I have an answer for the member.

(1)–(2) The government is undertaking a co-design process to develop regulations and other key documents that will support the new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021. The co�design process is being overseen by a reference group comprising representatives of the Aboriginal community, industry and government. There are three phases of co-design, the first of which has just been completed and included 15 public workshops in 12 locations throughout the state. The workshops were advertised and open to Aboriginal people, community representatives and stakeholders and were also able to be accessed online. Submissions were invited for this first phase of co-design and close on 27 May 2022. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is also engaging directly with Aboriginal organisations, government agencies and peak land user representative bodies, including the Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Western Australian Farmers Federation and Western Australian Local Government Association.