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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 86

Question No. 99


Mr Ronald Edwards asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 5 May 1983:

(1) Are any environmental impact studies being conducted on (a) Cockburn Sound or (b) Herdsman Lake in Western Australia.

(2) If so, what were their conclusions or recommen- dations.

(3) If not, are there plans to conduct studies on these areas of environmental significance to Western Australia.


Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No environmental impact studies on these areas have been conducted or are proposed by the Commonwealth. However studies have been carried out on Cockburn Sound and Herdsman Lake by Western Australian authorities. In addition, studies on biological matters and water quality (in respect of Herdsman Lake) and effluent discharges (in the Cockburn Sound) are currently being undertaken under State supervision.

(2) I am informed that the conclusions and recommendations in relation to those studies already completed have been documented and are available on request from the Western Australian Department of Conservation and Environment in Perth.

(3) See response to (1), above.

The honourable member may wish to seek further information on this matter directly from the Western Australian Minister for Environment, the Hon. R. Davies, M.L.A.