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Heritage – Council Membership

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 9 June 2022

Tags: Heritage

Ms O'CONNOR - Minister, I'm just looking here at the membership of the Tasmanian Heritage Council. It's got representatives who are archaeologists, a member of the Tasmanian Council of Churches, a representative from the Tourism Industry Council, a representative from the mining industry. Why isn't there any representative from the Aboriginal community on the heritage council?

Ms OGILVIE - As we know, the heritage -

CHAIR - Sorry, minister, I might just remind the media to ensure that they're not filming members' computer screens when they're in those positions. Thank you. Minister, you have the call.

Ms OGILVIE - Aboriginal heritage sits outside of this output. As you know, it has its own structures in place.

Ms O'CONNOR - That's not the point.

Ms OGILVIE - I understand and I tend to agree with you, that more inclusion is the way to go.

The heritage council fulfils a really important role, providing that leadership, and it has a board that is quite specialised. It's a skills based board. The archaeological place, at least from my perspective, is very meaningful. Archaeology, as you would appreciate, goes right through to prehistory, so I’m certain that that traverses some of the issues you are speaking of, Ms O'Connor. However, I'm always open to new suggestions and new ideas. I'm certainly happy to take that on board if that's a suggestion you're making.

Ms O'CONNOR - Thank you very much, minister. That's good to hear.

Ms OGILVIE - My pleasure.