Meanwhile, in Western Australia

Forest talks focus on saving Indigenous culture
Wed 27 Jun 12, ABC

Traditional owners of south-west forests will meet staff from the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to discuss ways of protecting the cultural values of Western Australian forests.

Recent changes to state land management laws require the Government to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage values in national parks, conservation reserves and state forests.

The South-West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council will outline the cultural values, including sacred sites in state forests, and the DEC will discuss how it is planning to protect them. The Conservation Council of WA’s John McCarten says his group is hosting a public forum in Perth today to encourage the process. “As conservationists we’re as guilty as anyone in the past of occasionally marginalising regional issues and…

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Tasmania – legislation may treat First Peoples as trespassers on “Crown” land

Forest reserve bill ‘betrays’ Aborigines

ABC Fri 22 Jun 12,

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has labelled forest peace deal legislation a betrayal of Aboriginal people. Long-awaited legislation was tabled in the Lower House yesterday outlining how new reserves will be created if a forest peace deal is struck. The Parks and Wildlife Service will create formal reserves under any forest peace deal. The Aboriginal Centre’s Michael Mansell says the bill has not properly considered Aboriginal management of reserve areas. “It means that not only that Aboriginal people cannot manage the land that is agreed between government, industry and the Greens but it means that Aboriginal people could be charged with trespass on practising, or trying to protect, our own heritage on crown land.” Environmental and industry groups have a month to reach an a…
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