Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)
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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 of a lagoon in the vicinity of the Victoria River crossing by a company owned by Mr Dona 1 d Hoare. On th i s subj ect, the member for Wanguri became particularly excited, for once in his life, and we heard massive, emotive revelations flowing forth from his lips. Mr Speaker, let me clarify the situation. To our knowledge, a crossing has ex i sted at that poi nt for 15 or 16 years. The member for Katheri ne dealt with that point quite extensively. To my knowledge, boat tour operat ions have been undertaken there since 1985. I reca 11 that there was some confl i ct between the prev i ous operator and the current operator and I understand that some personal bitterness persists between those 2 operators as a resu It of some events that occurred there at that time. Nonetheless, that area has now come into this national park and, of course, the involvement and direction of the Conservation Commission is considerably heightened. As it turned out, the company i nvo 1 ved, Hu i a Nomi nees, did undertake some earthworks there in May and constructed a road and some dammi ng too. It has applied for a licence, under the Control of Waters Act, to enable it to close off certain waterways which come under the administrative res pons i bil ity of the Mi ni ster for Mi nes and Energy. Be that as it may, it is of interest to the Conservat ion Commi ss i on because it refers to an area within our park. That application is before the Controller of Waters in the Northern Territory for a licence to close off or obstruct a waterway for an ongoing purpose. The Conservation Commission has lodged some objections to that application, and I would like to record clearly what those objections are. We do not object to the presence of that obstruct i on now, but we are bringing this area under our management and we have management proposals. I will read from the Conservation Commission's specific notation to the Controller of Waters. It is titled 'Application for Licence Huia Nominees, Victoria River'. The Conservat i on Commi ss i on wi shes to object to the above application on the following grounds: (1) the site is located within Gregory National Park and managed by the Conservat i on Commi ss i on of the Northern Terri tory, and is owned by the Conservat i on Land Corporation - the applicant has no tenure over the land; (2) no pri or consent was sought by the Conservat i on Land Corporation or the CCNT for either the existing or future works; (3) no formal environmental assessment of the project has been carried out under the Environmental Assessment Act; (4) park development and planning procedures wi 11 be pre-empted by the proposed works - the unauthorised works previ ous ly carri ed out have compromi sed the recreational values of the area which will be developed as a major day-use picnic area incorporating water-based recreational activities; and (5) if granted, there may be legal implications for exclusive use of the area by the applicant - this is 9925
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