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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 282

Barmah National Park: River Red Gum Logging

(Question No. 618)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for the Environment, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

(1) Is he aware that Victoria has abandoned the proposed joint New South Wales and Victorian River Red Gum logging trial in the Barmah National Park.

(2) Will he now allow the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 approval process for the trial to continue, or will he consider refusing the trial.

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

(1) While I am aware of media reports suggesting the Victorian Government does not intend to proceed with the proposed trial, I have not received any formal advice of this from either the New South Wales or Victorian Governments.

(2) In the absence of formal advice from the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage and/or the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 assessment remains active.