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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