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Notice given 29 August 2002

596  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to Forestry Tasmania’s proposed tourist operation at Dismal Swamp: What will be the impact on: (a) the adjacent Dismal Swamp Reserve, managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service; (b) the Dismal Swamp Forest Reserve; (c) the National Estate; (d) the World Heritage significance of the polje (karst landform); (e) the ecosystem as a wetland; (f) the adapted flora and fauna (including invertebrates both above and below the surface); (g) the karst system and sinkholes; and (h) the underground aquifers.

597  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to Forestry Tasmania’s proposed tourist operation at Dismal Swamp: What will be the impact of: (a) the extraction of water to service the proposed tourist facility; (b) waste water delivered into the swamp; (c) vegetation removal for the establishment of car parks, the constructed facilities, walking tracks and boardwalks; (d) the construction of walking tracks and boardwalks; and (e) noise on users of Dismal Swamp.

598  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to Forestry Tasmania’s proposed tourist operation at Dismal Swamp: What community, environmental, neighbouring or other stakeholders has Forestry Tasmania consulted in drawing up its final plans for the operation.

599  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to Senator Brown’s question on notice no. 573, notice of which was given on 21 August 2002, in relation to fees charged for bicycles on Bass Strait ferries: Why is a $6 charge to remain in the peak season.