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Notice given 15 May 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1468-1469)—

(1) Is the Minister aware that logging is being conducted on private property at Black Tier near Woodbury and Bowsden Hill at Lake Tiberias, Tasmania.

(2) Is the Minister aware that the area in which these logging operations are taking place is suffering serious tree decline.

(3) (a) How much Commonwealth funding has been given to individuals and agencies in Tasmania to research or combat tree decline in the past decade; and (b) can a list of all projects and recipients be provided.

(4) Has any Commonwealth funding been spent on the private properties at Black Tier or Bowsden Hill where the logging is taking place; if so: (a) how much; (b) when; and (c) subject to what conditions.

(5) Is Commonwealth funding related to tree decline specifically, or land and water degradation generally, in Tasmania contingent on the state and/or landholder protecting native vegetation from logging or clearing; if not, why not.

(6) Does the Minister agree with the Chief Practices Officer of the Forest Practices Board who was quoted in the Mercury, of 27 April 2003, as saying, ‘the selective logging that was going on at the two sites would not impact on tree decline’ and ‘the logging would help the trees to survive by promoting regeneration’.

1468 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1469 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage