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    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    Consultation commences on Cape York Bioregion Management Plan

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    The Honourable Andrew Powell

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

    Consultation commences on Cape York Bioregion Management Plan

    Tourism operators, pastoralists, traditional owners, environmental groups and industry representatives will get a chance to have their say on the future of Cape York following the release of a scoping paper for the proposed bioregion management plan.

    Announcing the release of the paper today, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Newman Government had delivered on its promise to start consultation within 100 days of forming government.

    “What we have been hearing for some time is that stakeholders are concerned about the number of ‘ad hoc’ programs on Cape York,” Minister Powell said.

    “The Plan offers the opportunity to do things better and for a more integrated approach to planning for Cape York’s future.”

    Minister Powell said he would outline the consultation strategy in greater detail when he visits Cairns next week, but said the bioregion management plan would focus on protection and management of the Cape’s iconic natural areas, while allowing appropriate opportunities for economic development.

    “The development of the Cape York plan is part of the Newman Government’s broader Cape York policy which will give Indigenous communities a bigger say in their economic development,” he said.

    “Specifically, the plan will protect Cape York’s unique environment, allow for appropriate development opportunities, deliver better management of our National Parks and deliver integrated natural resource outcomes for the Cape.“

    In an attempt to avoid ‘consultation fatigue’ Minister Powell said previous discussions with traditional owners in relation to World Heritage nomination and Wild Rivers legislation will be taken into account.

    “By listening to the advice and aspirations of the people throughout its development, the Cape York Bioregion Management Plan aims to get the best possible outcomes for the environment and for the people of Cape York,” he said.

    The Bioregion Management Plan will replace the Wild Rivers declarations and will be the statutory land use plan for the region, guiding decisions, promoting appropriate development and protecting the Cape’s most important assets.

    The proposed boundary area captures the area considered to be Cape York Peninsula, as set out in the Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act. Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – which already have management plans in place - will be excluded from the plan.

    The scoping paper is available on the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s website, and is being provided to interested parties.

    Consultation on the draft Plan will be extensive and will start in the first half of next year.

    Following consultation, a final Plan will be prepared and released.


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