Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory of Australia Aboriginal Areas
Tabled paper 1659
Tabled papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
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OVERVIEW - ABORIGINAL AREAS PROTECTION AUTHORITY - 10 2010-2011 HIGHLIGHTS This year was the thirty-third year of operation of sacred sites legislation in the Northern Territory. The Authority is associated with providing sacred site protection for all major projects in the Northern Territory. As per the preamble of the Sacred Sites Act, the Authority mediates Indigenous concerns about sacred site protection with economic, cultural and social developments. AUTHORITY CERTIFICATES AND SACRED SITE PROTECTION Issued 309 Authority Certificates in relation to current and proposed works across the Territory. This is a decrease of around 22 per cent from last years output of 399 but still significantly more than the 237 Authority Certificates issued in 2008-09. The continuing trend for high numbers of requests for Authority Certificates represents an increased understanding across the Territory of the need to respect and protect Aboriginal sacred sites. Issued Authority Certificates and undertook ongoing research for major projects including: Coordinated research and issuing of Authority Certificates in support of the Strategic Indigenous Housing & Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) and other significant Government investment in infrastructure on Aboriginal communities The roll out of the National Broadband Network across the main transport and communication arteries of the Territory; Town Camp infrastructure and development in Alice Springs; Road works upgrade and maintenance throughout the NT; and The Todd and Charles Rivers Fire Abatement plan. The Authority also played a key role in providing protection for sacred sites and certainty for a broad range of infrastructure and development projects across the Territory, including: 102 infrastructure and development projects across the Northern Territory including construction, road and associated works (18 per cent increase from the 84 Authority Certificates issued in 2009-10 and 70 per cent increase from 200809). Works included: Ringwood Road, Central Australia; Illawarra Bridge; Jasper Creek Bridge; construction works of public facilities including Buffalo Creek, Middle Arm, Southport and Corroboree Billabong boat ramps; schools, police stations; as well as numerous Territory highways (including Stuart, Buntine, Sandover, Plenty, Barkly, Kakadu and Buchannan Highways); 51 projects involving the provision of power, water and sewage services in towns and communities across the Territory; 18 enterprise, tourism and national park related projects throughout the Northern Territory at locations including: Cicada Lodge, Nitmuluk; Araluen Cultural Precinct; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Darwin Botanical Gardens; Community Gardens, Alice Springs; as well as various National Parks including Litchfield; Chambers Pillar; Kakadu and the proposed Mary River National Park; 44 mining and significant exploration projects across the Territory in the areas of Tennant Creek; Helen Springs; Mary River; Borroloola region; Gove; Anningie, Banka Banka, Soudan, Rockhampton Downs, Curtin Springs, Lyndavale, Angas Downs, Brunchilly, Mittiebah, Kirkimbie, Bunda and Wallamunga stations. The
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