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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 89

Senator Allison asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 11 June 2004:

(1) Does the Federal Government intend to burn Point Nepean bushland as suggested in the Age on 25 May 2004; if so: (a) will the burn be a high intensity burn; (b) how will the Government ensure the safety of such a burn over a former defence site which probably has unexploded ammunitions buried in the land; and (c) how will the sensitive Moonah woodland be protected.

(2) Has the trust deed for Point Nepean been signed; if so, can a copy be provided.

(3) If the trust deed has not been signed: (a) why not; and (b) what is the reason for the delay.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) (a) The proposal is for a slow moving and low intensity burn to remove groundcover and thin lower-storey bush;

(b) measures will be employed to ensure the safety of the public, personnel and the environment from unexploded ordnance; and

(c) the burn will be managed to ensure that significant damage to Coastal Moonah Woodland does not occur.

(2) Yes. The Minister for Defence has forwarded a copy of the Deed of Settlement for the Point Nepean Community Trust to your office separately.

(3) Not applicable.