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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 37

(Question No. 4058)


Mr Hodges asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 23 May 1986:

Is the Hamilton Island tourist resort discharging sewage treated only to primary standard into waters of the central section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; if so, has the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority issued a permit to the resort legalising this discharge.


Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The sewage discharge from the Hamilton Island tourist resort is treated to primary standard prior to release into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Hamilton Island Pty. Ltd. holds a Water Quality Council of Queensland (WQCQ) licence (issued March 1985 and renewed March 1986) to discharge sewage. This licence imposes water quality criteria on the discharge and imposes a deadline by which the criteria are to be met. The criteria are considered to be acceptable by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The Authority has issued a permit to the company giving permission to discharge sewage into the Marine Park. A condition of this permission is that the company will meet the WQCQ water quality criteria by March 1987. Recent advice from the company is that a treatment plant will be installed that will allow these criteria to be met.