Statement from Bathurst Regional Council General Manager David Sherley
5 March 2021
Re: Development of the Go-Kart Track at Mount Panorama-Wahluu
Council has received correspondence from the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment advising that she has granted an emergency declaration under Section 9 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (Cth) (ATSIHP Act), for a period of 30 days.
The declaration covers the area identified for the development of the Go-Kart Track at Mount Panorama-Wahluu.
The emergency declaration put a stay on the commencement of works on the project for 30 days. Accordingly, Council will not be commencing works on site on Monday 8 March.
In addition, following a hearing in the NSW Supreme Court today, Council has been issued with a cease work order for works associated with the go-kart track.
This legal action is being pursued by King & Wood Malleson, acting on behalf of the Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation.
Council has agreed to this cease work order.
Council continues to consider its options in regards to these two matters.