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Wednesday, 22 August 1979
Page: 496


Mr Cohen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 10 May 1979:

(   1 ) ls it a fact that the declaration of the Capricornia Section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been delayed to (a) redraw the Park's boundaries so as to allow for renewal of oil drilling leases within the original boundaries of the Park and (b) allow for the preparation of 2 Bills which would hand over control of the Park to the Queensland Government.

(2)   Has the Government agreed to establish and administer the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park jointly with the Queensland Government.

(3)   Has approval been given for appointment of a fulltime Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; if so, is this to be a permanent position.


Mr Groom -The Minister for Science and the Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   (a) No. (b) No

(2)   The Prime Minister and the Premier of Queensland announced on 1 4 June 1 979 that as sections of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are proclaimed under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act, the day-to-day management should be undertaken by officers of the appropriate Queensland Service, who in discharging these responsibilities will be subject to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

(3)   Yes. Mr G. Kelleher, a government official with wide experience in environmental matters, was appointed to act as full-time Chairman on 23 July 1979. Mr Kelleher will continue to act as chariman until the position is filled permanently.







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