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Question Without Notice No. 473 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 June 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 14 June 2018

ABORIGINAL HERITAGE — MADDINGTON–KENWICK STRATEGIC EMPLOYMENT AREA

473. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs:

I refer to Aboriginal heritage within the proposed Maddington–Kenwick strategic employment area.

(1) Does the minister consider heritage values within the MKSEA to be significant, warranting formal interviews with traditional owners and, if they wish, archaeological surveys?

(2) Can the minister confirm that DAA 4340, being a former artefact scatter, is shown on the Aboriginal sites register as located within or close to the boundary of precinct 3a?

(3) Was clearing allowed in precinct 3a without formal surveys to gather the views of traditional owners and a thorough archaeological investigation to check for surface and subsurface artefacts?

(4) If no to (3), will the minister please table or list all survey reports, including title, date and author?

(5) If yes to (3), will the government now require formal consultation with traditional owners and, if they wish, a thorough archaeological survey within precinct 3a, as well as other MKSEA precincts?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) There is one registered site and four lodged Aboriginal heritage places within the proposed Maddington–Kenwick strategic employment area, including ID 4340—Edward Street and Grove Road—within precinct 3a. For proposals within the south west settlement area, proponents are advised to contact the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for advice under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and to contact the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council as the legal representative for the relevant claimant group. SWALSC and the relevant claimant group assist in providing advice with regard to the proposed impact of any work on the significance of any Aboriginal sites or heritage places and this may result in no approvals required under the AHA.

(3)–(5) The City of Gosnells has previously been advised that an Aboriginal heritage survey should be completed over the whole proposed work area and referred to SWALSC and the Whadjuk people native title claim group. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has not received any formal request for approval for any clearing in precinct 3a. A list of survey reports relevant to precinct 3a is provided and I seek leave to have this information incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

[See page 3440.]