World Heritage

Australia currently boasts 41 sites of natural and cultural significance on the global World Heritage list, including Queensland’s Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics.

The Greens want to see Cape York Peninsula added to the World Heritage list with traditional owner consent, and listing of Tasmania’s spectacular Tarkine forests. 

Sadly the Government is falling well short in upholding our international obligations to look after our world heritage. UNESCO have expressed “extreme concern” about the dredging and industrial development in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. 

The Greens will continue to work for world-class protection and management of our World Heritage Areas.

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Woodside withdrawal from James Price Point – could signal a big win for Western Australia

11 Apr 2013

Reports that Woodside is shelving its planned Browse gas project at James Price Point could signal a big win for the Kimberley and the environment alike, the Greens said today.

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Greens vow to fight Ningaloo drilling

08 Mar 2011

The Australian Greens have condemned plans to explore for oil and gas at a depth of over 5km just 50km off WA's world-famous Ningaloo reef and are calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

The Australian Greens have condemned plans to explore for oil and gas at a depth of over 5km just 50km off WA's world-famous Ningaloo reef and are calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

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Greens express concern over Ningaloo nomination boundaries

07 Jan 2010

The Australian Greens have welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of its nomination of WA's Ningaloo Reef to the World Heritage list, however they are concerned about the boundaries of the area nominated.
“As Australia's largest fringing coral reef and an area that has a fascinating array of land and marine ecosystems, Ningaloo certainly deserves this nomination, which is why the Greens have been calling for it for some time," the Greens' Marine Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

The Australian Greens have welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of its nomination of WA's Ningaloo Reef to the World Heritage list, however they are concerned about the boundaries of the area nominated.


“As Australia's largest fringing coral reef and an area that has a fascinating array of land and marine ecosystems, Ningaloo certainly deserves this nomination, which is why the Greens have been calling for it for some time," the Greens' Marine Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens commend Environment Minister’s decision on Great Keppel Island resort

30 Oct 2009

The Australian Greens today commended Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett's decision to knock back a plan to build a huge resort on Great Keppel Island.

"This was clearly the right decision to make, and I welcome the stance of Minister Garrett," said Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"A project of this magnitude would have disastrous effects on the surrounding environment and ecosystems. The resort would have placed unacceptable pressures on the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage marine park."

The Australian Greens today commended Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett's decision to knock back a plan to build a huge resort on Great Keppel Island.

"This was clearly the right decision to make, and I welcome the stance of Minister Garrett," said Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"A project of this magnitude would have disastrous effects on the surrounding environment and ecosystems. The resort would have placed unacceptable pressures on the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage marine park."

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Greens welcome Ningaloo World Heritage plan

20 Oct 2009

The Australian Greens have welcomed news this morning that Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is likely to be nominated to the World Heritage List in February 2010.

The Australian Greens have welcomed news this morning that Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is likely to be nominated to the World Heritage List in February 2010.

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World Heritage for Ningaloo

20 Oct 2009

ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

Senator SIEWERT—I want to ask about Ningaloo and the progress on the potential World Heritage listing of Ningaloo. The last time we discussed this, if I recall rightly, you were still discussing it with the Western Australian government. There were some negotiations over the various proposed boundaries. I am looking for an update about where we are with those negotiations and whether there has been any progress.

Mr Bailey—Yes, there certainly has, Senator. The minister has been conducting those discussions with the Western Australian Premier and the environment minister in Western Australia. They met earlier this month to continue that discussion. We believe that those discussions will be concluded and the nomination will still be submitted before the 1 February deadline in 2010.

ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

Senator SIEWERT—I want to ask about Ningaloo and the progress on the potential World Heritage listing of Ningaloo. The last time we discussed this, if I recall rightly, you were still discussing it with the Western Australian government. There were some negotiations over the various proposed boundaries. I am looking for an update about where we are with those negotiations and whether there has been any progress.

Mr Bailey—Yes, there certainly has, Senator. The minister has been conducting those discussions with the Western Australian Premier and the environment minister in Western Australia. They met earlier this month to continue that discussion. We believe that those discussions will be concluded and the nomination will still be submitted before the 1 February deadline in 2010.

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World Heritage on the cards for Ningaloo

20 Feb 2008

The Australian Greens welcomed confirmation in Senate Estimates that the Government would finally move of World Heritage protection for Ningaloo Reef.

It was confirmed in Estimates yesterday that the Federal Government plans to nominate Ningaloo Reef for the 2009 round of World Heritage listing.

The Australian Greens welcomed confirmation in Senate Estimates that the Government would finally move of World Heritage protection for Ningaloo Reef.

It was confirmed in Estimates yesterday that the Federal Government plans to nominate Ningaloo Reef for the 2009 round of World Heritage listing.

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$6 Million earmarked for conservation handed back to Treasurer

19 Feb 2008

The Australian Greens were shocked to learn in Senate Estimates today that $6 Million set aside for protecting biodiversity hotspots has not been spent and will be handed back to Treasury.

The Australian Greens were shocked to learn in Senate Estimates today that $6 Million set aside for protecting biodiversity hotspots has not been spent and will be handed back to Treasury.

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Audit shows need for measurable outcomes

07 Feb 2008

The release of a report by the Auditor General's Office today foregrounds ongoing concerns with the lack of accountability for delivering outcomes of major environment and land care programs.

The release of a report by the Auditor General's Office today foregrounds ongoing concerns with the lack of accountability for delivering outcomes of major environment and land care programs.

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