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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 incorporated in nat i ona 1 parks throughout the Terri tory. We must avoi d delays in bringing these areas under some form of protection within the Conservation Act. I have another concern which the minister may be able to alleviate in his summing up. He made some reference to the relish with which 4-wheel-drive enthusiasts may regard the Gregory National Park. While I understand that to be relish for unsealed roads and difficult conditions rather than unfettered 4-wheel-driving within the park area, I would like to see that addressed as a major issue in the management plan. This brings me to an area of quite significant concern which was brought to my attent.ion recently .. I would like to bring to the minister's attent i on an event ,that occurred a few months ago , . pri or to the area bei ng gazetted as a national park,.which involved what would appear to be the breaching of a number of TerrHory laws. It has to do with the bulldozing of a causeway across the Victoria River to allow the damming of the river to hold back the water leveL to facil itate the use of tourist boats on the river. Mr Coulter: When did thi.s happen? Mr BAILEY: This happened in May of this year. Mr Coulter:' Try. May 3 years ago. Mr BAILEY: The event I am tal ki ng about appears to occur inmost years. In fact, the causeway Mr Hatton: Where? Mr BAILEY: About 3km from the Victoria River Bridge on the highway. Mr Reed: Upstream or downstream? Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr BAILEY: Mr Deputy Speaker, I am . Mr Reed: Upstream or downstream? We don't know, do we? Mr Coulter: Totally confused. Don't know, never been there. Mr Reed: Have you been there? Mr Smith: Give him a chance, will you? Mr FINCH: A point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker! The Leader of the Opposition knows far better than to interject from a place other than his own seat. Mr BAILEY: Mr Deputy Speaker, if honourable members are interested to know the location of the causeway, it is described in the NT Government Gazette as being 'near the Victoria Highway Inn'. 'Whi le the causeway has been built and re-built in most years because it has been washed out by wet season rai ns, my concern is that thi s act ion is carried out illegally and does not comply with the Control of Waters Act. This action breaches section 9 'obstruction of watercourses prohibited' and 9902

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