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Notice given 20 September 2001

*3901  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Administration—With reference to the proposed development by the Catholic Education Office of Xavier College High School on approximately 6 hectares of land excised from the north-western sector of the former ADI site lands, adjacent to Llandilo, New South Wales: Is this land presently owned by the Catholic Church; if so, when and on what terms did the Catholic Church acquire this land from the Commonwealth.

*3902  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sport and Tourism—Is the Minister aware of any unlicensed vegetation clearing, including possible destruction of endangered species, carried out by Comland Ltd on the proposed Xavier College lands on the former ADI site, in connection with the Minister’s announcement on 22 June 2001, of the plans for the school.

*3903  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the proposed development by the Catholic Education Office of Xavier College High School on approximately 6 hectares of land excised from the north-western sector of the former ADI site lands, adjacent to Llandilo, New South Wales:

(1) Does the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act still apply to the protection of endangered species on this land.

(2) What community consultation has been carried out by Environment Australia in regard to the affect of the proposed high school development on endangered species.

(3) (a) When, and why, was this land (or part of this land) recently cleared of vegetation by Comland Ltd, including clearing of endangered and vulnerable plant species; and (b) was any such clearing carried out in connection with the onsite announcement by the Minister for Sport and Tourism on 22 June 2001, of the plans for the Xavier College development in the north-western sector of the site.

*3904  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to reports of recent unlicensed vegetation clearing or slashing, including possible destruction of endangered and vulnerable species, carried out by Comland Ltd on the western sector of the former ADI site:

(1) Can the Minister confirm that an investigation by Environment Australia has found that unlicensed removal of endangered species, including Cumberland Plain Woodland, has recently been carried out by Comland Ltd on the former ADI Site; if so, what is the exact finding of this investigation and what further action will be taken against Comland Ltd.

(2) Has the Minister issued any permission to the Minister for Finance and Administration for the development on the former ADI site which exempts any part of the site from the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.