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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
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Senator Brown asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 3 February 2005:

With reference to the heritage listing and protection of the north-east Peninsula of Recherche Bay, Tasmania, and the Minister’s media release of 28 January 2005:

(1)   Can the Minister provide a copy of the assurances given by the Tasmanian Government in relation to the protection of the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay which led to the refusal of emergency listing.

(2)   Can the Minister provide a schedule and copies of any other correspondence or communications between the Federal Government and the Tasmanian Government relating to the decision as to whether or not Recherche Bay should receive emergency listing. (3)   (a) What does ‘selective logging with a high retention of existing trees’ mean; (b) how many trees per hectare will be logged; (c) in what pattern; and (d) what level of disturbance will occur to other vegetation, soil and water.

(3) (a)   What does ‘selective logging with a high retention of existing trees’ mean; (b) how many trees per hectare will be logged; (c) in what pattern; and (d) what level of disturbance will occur to other vegetation, soil and water.

(4)   Can the Minister provide a table itemising: (a) the ‘potential National Heritage values’ so far identified for Recherche Bay; (b) each specific threat posed by logging (selective or otherwise); and (c) the way in which each threat is fully averted by the application of ‘protective measures’.

(5)   In relation to the list of threats in (4) above, can the Minister include both direct damage, such as from destruction of native vegetation or sites of potential archaeological significance, and indirect damage such as from four-wheel drive access.


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

(1)   The assurances given by the Tasmanian Government in relation to the protection of the north-east peninsula of Recherche Bay, on which I based my decision not to make an emergency listing, are described in my statement of reasons which is publicly available on my department’s internet site.

(2)   The evidence or other material on which my findings were based is listed in the statement of reasons for my decision.

(3)   The information available to me regarding logging is discussed in my statement of reasons, especially paragraphs 81 - 91.

(4)   With regard to (a), the ‘potential National Heritage values’ are described in my statement of reasons. For (b) and (c), see answer to (3).

(5)   See answer to (3).