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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 107

Senator Brown asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 30 July 2004:

With reference to Telstra's work in the Patriarchs mountain range on Flinders Island during 2003:

(1) What assessment has been made of how this work affected: (a) the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle; and (b) the 40 spotted pardalotes.

(2) Was cinnamon fungus (root rot) introduced or spread as a result of Telstra's work; if so, what potential impact on the environment will this have.

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

(1) On the information available to my Department the activities by Telstra at Middle Patriarch did not result in a significant impact on the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle or the 40 spotted pardalotes.

(2) I am not aware of any information which indicates the installation caused the spread of cinnamon fungus in the area.