Senator Siewert (Western Australia) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 24 June 2008:
- When was the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency notified by the department of the section 9 emergency declaration application made under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 with respect to the construction of the dingo fence at Happy Valley.
- Why did it take 8 days after the application was made for work to stop on the construction of the dingo fence.
- Was there a stop work order given to stop construction of the dingo fence.
Why did representatives from the department attend a meeting at Fraser Island on Tuesday, 20 May 2008, when an earlier section 9 emergency declaration application had been withdrawn on Friday, 9 May 2008 and federal jurisdiction consequently removed.
- Have the ground disturbance guidelines been reviewed by the Fraser Island World Heritage Area Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service; if so, when did that review occur
- How will any disturbed cultural heritage sites along the dingo fence on Fraser Island be remediated.
Senator Wong (South Australia) (Minister for Climate Change and Water) -The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:
- The Queensland Parks and Wildlife, which is part the Environmental Protection Agency, was advised of the application on 30 April 2008.
- The Queensland Parks and Wildlife ceased ground disturbance work the day after the section 9 application was determined legally valid. This was two days after the applicant's barrister confirmed the content of the section 9 application.
- A meeting of Commonwealth and Queensland Officials on 9 May 2008 agreed that a set of important practical outcomes to better protect Indigenous heritage in the Fraser Island World Heritage Area would be implemented, including if the application was withdrawn.
- This matter will be discussed at the next meeting of the Fraser Island World Heritage Area Indigenous Advisory Committee.
- Future management of any disturbed sites will be agreed between the Fraser Island World Heritage Area Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, taking into consideration the advice of an independent archaeologist.