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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3581


Mr Truss asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, in writing, on 23 February 2009:

In respect of the proposal by Powerlink to construct a 14 kilometre power line from Woolooga to Eerwah Vale in South East Queensland:

(a)   is he aware that the rare, endangered Richmond Birdwing butterfly’s habitat will be directly affected by the proposed power line route;

(b)   has the presence of the butterfly been reported for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and

(c)   will he declare the powerline a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and require a full environmental impact assessment.


Mr Garrett (Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   I am not familiar with the proposal referred to by the Member for Wide Bay.

(b)   The project has not been referred for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). However, I note that the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) is not listed as a threatened species under the EPBC Act.

(c)   This question does not arise as the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is not listed under the EPBC Act and the proposal has not yet been referred for my consideration.