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Wednesday, 21 September 1994
Page: 1031


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes the worthwhile construction of the wetland project at New Norfolk, Tasmania, to be officially opened on 3 October 1994;

  (b)acknowledges the pro-active role of the mayor and council of the municipality of New Norfolk in their acceptance of the challenge to undertake this project;

  (c)notes:

    (i)the aims of the project were to treat wastewater and create a wetland, a wetland that is already attracting water birds and platypuses, and

    (ii)notes community support for the project and the lack of vandalism associated with the project;

  (d)recognises the achievement of objectives in creating an artificial wetland including:

    (i)reduced discharges of suspended solids, nutrients levels and biological oxygen demand into the Derwent River,

    (ii)establishment of a southern Tasmanian wetland tourism attraction,

    (iii)an improved environmental link between Tynwald Park and the Esplanade,

    (iv)an increased experimental database on growing wetland plant species, and

    (v)reduced maintenance costs of utilised land in the control of the council; and

  (e)congratulates the people of New Norfolk on this excellent combination of environmentally friendly treatment of wastewater and extended recreation areas.