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Question Without Notice No. 287 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 April 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

NATIONAL PARKS — EXPANSION

287. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to question without notice 283, answered by the minister on Tuesday, 2 April 2019.

(1) Will the minister advise the anticipated cost of the expansion of national parks by five million hectares for each of the next five financial years?

(2) What plans have been made by the government to provide road access and facilities for tourists in the additional five million hectares, and will the minister table those plans even if they are incomplete?

(3) What is the estimated number of Aboriginal rangers who will be employed in on-country jobs on the additional five million hectares?

(4) Will the minister table a list of the ''extremely high � social values'' of the banded iron formation referred to in his answer to question without notice 283?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(3) The Plan for Our Parks is being prepared through a process of consultation with affected stakeholders including traditional owners, the resources sector, commercial and recreational fishers, conservation groups, local governments and other key stakeholders and interest holders. Once the consultation is complete, a refined Plan for Our Parks will be prepared that will consider cost, access, tourism and Aboriginal employment.

(4) As I stated yesterday, the Helena and Aurora Ranges have extremely high environmental and social values. It is a key landscape feature in this region due to an aggregation of important values including the distinct physical feature that the range represents, scenery and wilderness values. There is a high concentration of Aboriginal heritage values on the range and surrounding plains, and the range is also a growing remote tourism destination.