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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2657

(Question No. 1725)

Mr Truss asked the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories, upon notice, on 25 June 1992:

  (1) Is she able to say whether the Queensland Premier stated that construction of a new woodchip plant near Maryborough, Queensland, was part of the compensation package for the World Heritage listing of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Region.

  (2) Is the construction of the woodchip plant part of the compensation package; if so, what portion of the package will be spent on the woodchip mill.

Mrs Kelly —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

  (1) I am not aware of the detailed content of statements made by the Queensland Premier regarding the construction of the woodchip plant near Maryborough.

  (2) The compensation package for the Great Sandy Region is outlined in the Queensland Government's Growth and Development Package together with the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments' funding commitments. The Package identifies the woodchip project on page 5 as a long-term employment creation project. Although the woodchip project is expected to contribute to the objectives of the Package, it is a separate initiative of the Queensland Government and is not receiving any funding from the Growth and Development Package.