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Notice given 14 April 2003

1387  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) When was the application from Dectar Pty Ltd for a tourist pontoon development on Moore Reef in the Cairns section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park received by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

(2) When was the proposal referred to the Minister under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

(3) How did the Minister determine that the appropriate method of review was a public environment report.

(4) How did the Minister determine that the public environment report should be prepared and conducted through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1999 and not under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

(5) Are there specified procedures for the environmental assessment of projects requiring permits issued by the authority; if so, what are these procedures.

(6) Did the authority require an environmental assessment of the application from Dectar Pty Ltd; if so: (a) was Dectar Pty Ltd required to prepare a public environment report for the authority; and (b) when was Dectar Pty Ltd advised of this requirement.

(7) Has this public environment report been prepared; if so: (a) has the authority received a copy of the report; and (b) can a copy of the report be provided.

(8) Has the authority completed an initial assessment of the public environment report; if so, can a copy of this assessment be provided.

(9) What matters have been identified as requiring further information from Dectar Pty Ltd.

(10) What public consultation is proposed to be undertaken by the authority.

(11) Can the time for public comment be extended; if so, who can make the decision to extend the time for public consultation and by what authority.

(12) (a) Will the Minister be providing advice on this matter to the authority once the assessment process is complete; and (b) is the authority required to act on that advice.