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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October Mr COULTER (Conservation): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. The purpose of this bill is to clarify provisions of the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Act which allow for additional land to be added to the park. Honourable members will be aware that, among other things, under the agreement reached by the Northern Territory, Zapopan, the Jawoyn and the Commonwealth on 28 January 1993. a portion of Eva Valley Station and NT Portion 3^70 were to be added to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. In working to finalise commitments made under this agreement, now commonly referred to as the Mt Todd agreement, it was identified that 2 potential difficulties existed in that section of the act that provides for additions to the park - namely, section 7- Firstly, section 7(2) of the act provides for an agreement between the land council and the commission that land not vested in the land trust should be added to the park. There is, however, no provision for the actual owner of the land in question to have any say in whether or not the land is to be added to the park. Secondly, it is not clear whether the addition of an area to the park, by agreement between the land council and the commission via operation of section 7(3). requires the grant and acceptance of a lease or not. This may lead to uncertainty as to whether an additional area has been included validly in the park. This bill seeks to address these uncertainties by: including the requirement that the landowner consent to the addition of an area where the proposed addition is by agreement between the land council and the commission; and by providing that, where a lease is granted in pursuance of an agreement under section 7(2), addition of the area to the park occurs upon registration of the lease or, if no lease is to be granted, upon lodgment with the Registrar-General of the copy of the agreement. I am pleased to advise that the development of this amendment has been a harmonious effort between the Territory Jawoyn Association and the Northern Land Council. In fact, I forwarded a copy of this second-reading speech to Robert Lee this morning for his information. While it is not usual to add too much to a second-reading speech, I would like to say that it will be magnificent once we bring together these 3 areas. It is a reality anyway, and we are only talking about drawing lines around it. An indication of that was given at the national eco-tourism awards in Hobart the other day when Manyallaluk received national recognition as one of the best eco-tourism operators in the Territory. It operates up to 4-day tours in this region, and I think that augurs well for the development of this park. These are really only technical amendments to ensure that everything runs smoothly. I commend the bill to honourable members. Debate adjourned. VETERINARIANS BILL (Serial 275) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr REED (Primary Industry and Fisheries): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. The present Veterinary Surgeons Act was introduced in 1962 and no longer provides the flexibility of response.needed by the board that regulates the profession and does not take mutual recognition principles into account. Rather than exhaustively amend the old act, the government has decided to 10 188

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