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ENVIRONMENT—BALD HILLS WIND FARM

Senator Madigan amended general business notice of motion no. 883 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) development of the Bald Hills wind farm in South Gippsland has been approved and will include construction of 52 wind turbines of up to 135 metres in height in the middle of a significant wetlands and flora conservation area on the South Gippsland coast,

  (ii) some 296 recorded bird species reportedly live around the area of the wind farm, of which:

   (A) 21 are threatened species in the Cape Liptrap area,

   (B) 31 are listed species under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988,

   (C) 97 are listed as migratory under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 of which 2 are listed as endangered, including one critically endangered,

   (D) 40 are listed under the Chinese-Australian Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA),

   (E) 45 are listed under the Japanese-Australian Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA), and

   (F) 3 are listed under the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species,

  (iii) government approval of the Bald Hills wind farm is potentially causing Australia to breach the international obligations to protect migratory species listed under JAMBA, CAMBA and the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species, and

  (iv) objectors to the development of the Bald Hills wind farm have included hundreds of individuals, as well as over a dozen organisations, including the National Trust of Australia, Victorian National Parks Association, Parks Victoria West Gippsland District, South Gippsland Conservation Society and the South Gippsland Shire Council; and

 (b) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to remove Commonwealth approval for the construction of the Bald Hills wind farm and bring Australia into compliance with our international obligations.

The question was divided—

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (a) be agreed to—put and negatived.

Question—That the motion in respect of paragraph (b) be agreed to—put and negatived.

Statement by leave: Senator Madigan, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.