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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 26 February 1992



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 26 February 1992

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Parliamentary Record 8


Questions for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 26 February 1992 Beach market site. Following that request for a certificate, the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority had a meeting of custodians on site on Friday 21 February. The people at that meeting included representatives from the Tiwi, Larrakia and Wadjigyn groups. They agreed that no further excavation should take place but that surface works could continue, including repaving. In fact, in 1981, the agreement was that there would be no excavations on that site. If the Darwin City Council had been on the ball and had advised the contractors accordingly, this sorry saga would not have taken place. The representatives asked also that the bones be reburied on the site and that the Darwin City Council fund an appropriately worded memorial plaque indicating the significance of the area. Thus, something good has come out of it. There has been media speculation that the future of our famous Mindil Beach market could be in jeopardy. I understand that this was fuelled by representatives of the Northern Land Council (NLC) who contacted the media in the first instance. The first that the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority heard about a problem at the Mindil Beach market site was through a phone call from the ABC. I am happy to advise that, thanks to the efforts of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, the future of the market is secure. It appears that, in good faith, the police notified the NLC of the bones being dug up and this resulted in a frenzy of activity on the part of the land council. Discussions have been held with the police who now realise that matters of this nature belong with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. The custodians of the Mindil Beach burial site have no difficulty with the market or the use of the area as a park and recreation area. The NLC's attempts to disrupt the future of the market have all gone for nothing. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the quick and professional action taken by all officers of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority to resolve this delicate situation and equally to the respect its officers showed for the custodians and the custodians' wishes. Advertising of Mining Applications Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH to MINISTER for MINES and ENERGY Why is it that notices of mining applications published in the press on behalf of the Department of Mines and Energy are often vague, indicate coordinates only and give no clear indication of nearby natural features? The difficulty with identifying the areas at times can give the impression that an attempt has been made to perpetrate a cover-up of some kind. In asking this question, I am very aware of the notice of a sandmining application in relation to the Howard Park subdivision area which appeared in the press. ANSWER Mr Speaker, the member for Nelson raises a very good point. In fact, I do not believe that many people read the mining notices in the press. They do not seem to be widely read other than, of course, by the Leader of the Opposition who does read the mining notices. These notices can be overlooked quite easily by members of the public, but this is the means by which miners advertise their interest in a particular area. In relation to indicating the coordinates only, I believe it could be useful to use maps that indicate geological features or names of places or 689

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