Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Aboriginal Heritage Consultation Process, Riverlea Park

321 The Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().16 November 2023). With regard to the Aboriginal heritage consultation process on the Riverlea development at Buckland Park, specifically the consultation meeting on 14 August 2023:

1. Were any attendees asked to present ID or asked who they were prior to entering the meeting?

2. Was anyone turned away from the meeting or refused entry at the desk and decided not to attend?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): I am advised:

No attendees were asked to present ID; however, they were asked to provide their names when entering, given the meeting was part of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation's (AAR) consultation process under section 13 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act, and questions and statements made by attendees may be included in the report that AAR will provide for a decision to Walker Corporations' application under the act.

One person who sought entrance to the meeting was not admitted. This person was a non-Aboriginal person who had been commenting on the Riverlea matter through social media. Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act, section 13 consultation meetings are conducted solely for the benefit of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people that may have a particular interest in the matter.