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Wednesday, 3 December 2003
Page: 23752


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 October 2003:

(1) What monitoring and/or studies have been or are currently being undertaken to ascertain the potential impact of live firing at the Lancelin Defence Training Area has on (a) air quality, including impacts from lead carbonate and calcium resinate, (b) ground and surface water, and (c) land and soil.

(2) What monitoring and/or studies have been or are currently being undertaken to ascertain the potential impact of live firing at the Lancelin Defence Training Area has on (a) ecological systems, (b) local communities, and (c) socio-economic conditions in nearby areas: and have any studies previously been undertaken to ascertain the potential impacts of live firing.

(3) What monitoring and/or studies have been or are currently being undertaken to ascertain the potential impact of live firing at the Lancelin Defence Training Area has on the karst system below and around the Lancelin Defence Training Area.


Dr Kemp (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Department of Defence advises that (a) no air quality studies and/or monitoring have been or are currently being undertaken regarding live firing at the Lancelin Defence Training Area; (b) a groundwater monitoring program is being implemented for the Training Area through a series of monitoring bores installed this year at various locations; and (c) no land and soil studies have been or are currently being undertaken regarding live firing at the Lancelin Defence Training Area although land and soil will be monitored indirectly via the groundwater monitoring program.

(2) The Department of Defence advises that (a) a flora and fauna monitoring program is being implemented at the Lancelin Defence Training Area but this program does not extend into the 970 hectare Naval Impact Area due to risks associated with unexploded ordnance; (b) it has established the Lancelin Management Advisory Committee to provide a consultative forum and focal point where local issues can be discussed; and (c) no studies have been commissioned to assess the potential impact of live firing on socio-economic conditions of nearby areas.

(3) The Department of Defence advises that its studies have found that no karst features occur in proximity to current impact sites at the Training Area.