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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 40

(Question No. 1458)

Senator Macklin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 21 October 1986:

(1) Has the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment been approached by the Magnetic Island ``Island Voice Committee'' about the proposed development in Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, by Magnetic Keys.

(2) Was a special lease granted by the Queensland Government to Bayvista P/L to enable them to prepare an Environmental Impact Study (EIS).

(3) Is the EIS now ready for submission to the Queensland Government for the granting of a development lease.

(4) Is the area proposed for development approximately one-third of Nelly Bay, in the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

(5) If the Magnetic Keys proposal is to build breakwaters, excavate and reclaim the total area which is in the Marine Park below Low Water Mark, will that require the approval of the GBRMP.

(6) Will more of the Reef be lost as sand and silt accumulate to the west of the proposed breakwaters.

(7) What action is the Minister prepared to take to protect the GBRMP.

Senator Ryan —The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) I understand that the Queensland Government granted Special Lease 47928 to Bayvista P/L for the purposes of carrying out an environmental impact study and that the Special Lease was granted in July 1985 and was valid for 3 years.

(3) I am advised that the environmental impact study was submitted to the Queensland Government in July 1986 and that further information was requested by the Queensland Government.

(4) Yes. That section of the proposed development are below low water mark would be in the Central Section of the Marine Park. This Section is currently unzoned. A zoning plan is expected to come into effect in mid-1987.

(5) Yes. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations provide that construction works as contemplated in the proposal may not be carried out in an unzoned area of the Marine Park without the permission of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

(6) No approach has been made to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority regarding permission for this proposal. If an approach is made, the Authority will carefully examine all implications of the proposal, including any potential loss of the Reef, prior to making any decisions regarding the proposal.

(7) Any applications for development within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are considered in accordance with the Regulations under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act. The Regulations provide that protection of the Marine Park shall be of prime concern when considering such applications.