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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 Mr Reed: Have you been there ever? Mr Hatton: Not my staff. Which minister? Mr Coulter: It happened about 15 years ago. Mr BAILEY: Mr Deputy Speaker, the activity is carried out every year and it is an illegal activity under the definition of the COntrol of Waters Act. I bel ieve that there has been a miscarriage of justice in allowing this person to apply retrospectively for permission to carry out an illegal activity. Mr McCARTHY (Labour, Administrative Services and Local Government): Mr Deputy Speaker, that was probably one of the most amazing exhibitions of an honourable member working from notes on scraps of paper in the absence of any first-hand experience of the area that I have ever seen. It was quite amazing. I am sure that the Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, who is very familiar with Gregory National Park and was involved in many of the negot i at ions for 1 and for. Gregory Nat i ona 1 Park when he was wi th the Conservation Commission in Katherine, wi 11 have a. great deal to say about the comments of the member for Wanguri. Certainly, I am very familiar with the area that he was referring to, and I am very much aware of that crossing having been in place for as long as I have been going there. I have used the crossing on numerous occasions myself. It certainly did not happen in May this year. I have not used the crossing since May this year, but I have crossed that causeway on a number of .occas ions and, wh il st it is inc 1 i ned to be a bit rough, it has been used for mustering over many years to my knowledge. In rising to support the statement made by the Minister for Conservation this afternoon, I am delighted to have been around to see the declaration of Gregory National Park. The Parliamentary Record will bear witness to the fact that, over the last 7 years, I have said time and time again that Gregory National Park is the prime national park for the Territory. It is a magnificent area of some Mr Ede: ~itchfield is not bad: Mr McCARTHY: Yes, and I have always included Litchfield in that, but it is up and going. The 10 OOO-odd square kilometres of Gregory National Park will delight the visitors and they will go back again and again. I have not seen it all but I have seen a great deal of it. It is well worth a visit. If any honourable members have not been there and. are not aware of its deli ghts, they ought to go out and see it for themselves. There is no doubt at all that, with regard to parks, the western side of the Stuart Highway will outshine the eastern side any day of the week. As I have often said, Litchfield is already a premier park. Again this year, visitation to Litchfield Park has outgrown all expectations. People are still making the same sorts of remarks that, as I indicated in this House, were made to me 3 years ago by an early visitor: 'We have been to Li tchfi e 1 d and we have been to Kakadu. We are goi ng back to Li tchfi e 1 d I Undoubtedly, Litchfield has become a premier park for the Territory, and Gregory will become a premier park for the Territory also. Keep River is another of our most magnificent parks and it is also on the western side of the Northern Territory. There are some excellent areas within Gregory National Park such as Jasper Gorge, Bull ita, the areas of the Humbert River that have been 9904