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Monday, 20 June 1994
Page: 1720


Senator CHAMARETTE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the shallow seagrass beds of the Hinchinbrook channel which are the feeding grounds of the dugong, seaturtle and irrawaddy and other species of dolphin will be placed at considerable risk by the proposed Oyster Point marine resort development and that the Commonwealth Government has international obligations to protect World Heritage and other international agreements on migratory birds and wetlands to uphold,

    (ii)the Queensland Government Environment Review Report on the development has not allayed any of the fears of the local community, and

    (iii)there has been little or no attempt to take into account the views of the local Aboriginal people, who have an ongoing interest in the area and that Aboriginal people from the area have indicated that, while they are not anti-tourism, they are concerned that they have not been consulted about this development;

  (b)welcomes the instigation of an independent assessment of whether the World Heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef will be affected by the Oyster Point marine resort by the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner); and

  (c)calls on the Government to instigate a full inquiry into the proposed Port Hinchinbrook resort development in north Queensland.