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Inquiry into the Alice Springs Recreation Lake : submission by Department of Transport and Works



Inquiry into the Alice Springs Recreation Lake : submission by Department of Transport and Works


Marquardt, A.


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report ; 1/1983




Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


Date:1983-12; Contains: Floodplains Management Alice Springs Impacts of Todd River Flooding. Also filed in Alice miscellansous collection A0342, A0343.



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Technical Report WRD83001 Viewed at 14:07:22 on 29/07/2010 Page 14 of 64. e ld es 0.1 he r. 'as .ld ,es :he .cn :he ~nt Cri ticism has been levelled. at the Department of Transp'ort and 110rks over an alleged lack of consultation with.' Aboriginal people during the feasibility and planning stages.,: The facts do not support this criticism. F.S indicated" in ApDendix C, a letter was written to the Central Lands Council' on9 May 1979, at that time various gover~~ent agencies were also being contacted (eight months before co~uent was invited from the general public) ~ihen no reply "as received, a second letter was written on 17 July 1979. This resulted in a visit to the site on 7 August 1979, involving A. Macqueen and G. Gaunt for Transport and Works, George O.L.drod and ~'lenton Rubuntj a from the Central Land council, and representatives from Territory Parks and Wildlife. Two sacred sites were identified f a!1a. it 'i,vas suggested that sacred objects at one site should be removed to above the waterline. There Has no suggestion that the presence of the sites conflicted serious ly with the lake proposal. It was understood that 2. formal reply f!:"om the Lands Council would be supplied in due course. 'On 11 January 1980, the site was visited by I".. Hacqueen "lith George Ormrod ana Milton Liddle from the Central Lands Council, and Davey Hayes, considered by the C.L.C to be a tradi tiona 1 owner of the area.. The text of A.. J:.'lacqueen IS ,-.. notes from this visit, \'ynich considered that there were no _"i'major problems", is reproduced in Appendix C. ~.'.s .-j .:: -later became apparent that Mr Hayes Has not representative ~~~;cif'.'other traditional OHners - or at least, not being a woman, 'hot qualified to judge the sites in question. While this be the case, it is not reasonable to emplov this as a for crl.'Clcism of the Department: the - Ce-ntral Lands ~ was approached in good faith and in due expectation that organi'sation would identify the appropriate persons. the Central Lands Council did seek a broader of viells. On 11 Harch 1980, the Council decided :,the lake could be built, and that the sacred objects d not be removed but would be permitted to be flooded. dissention was apparently recorded. (See Appendix C and ""T:T:acnmen t 3.) t stage, the Department of Transport and Works vias .justified i:r_ assuming that proper consideration had g~ven to the issue and that the sites did not present a ~~]tlrrier to development of the lake. . ,

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