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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7726

Senator Boswell asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 8 September 2009:

With reference to the proposed Coral Sea Heritage Park (the park):

(1)   What threats or threatening processes are the Government protecting by introducing the park.

(2) (a)   What particular unique iconic biodiversity is being protected in the area; (b) what has been located; and (b) what is the location of each site.

(3)   What studies, reports, modelling, papers, research projects, analysis and reviews that have been commissioned, show any threat to this unique iconic biodiversity.

(4) (a)   Will navigation rights be considered within the proposal; and (b) if so, and navigation in a particular area is banned, will international vessels be subject to this law or will navigation rights be allowed through international treaties.

(5)   Does the department have any closures planned for the park; if so: (a) which areas are planned to be closed; (b) who will be impacted by the closures; and (c) what groups of stakeholders will be impacted by the closures.

(6)   If any fishing, or fishing-related activity, areas are closed, will compensation be provided to those who are impacted by the closure.

(7)   Will another authority be created as a regulatory authority for the park: (a) if so: (i) what will be total cost of policing the park, and (ii) what officers will be used to police the park; and (b) if not: (i) who will police the park, and (ii) what will be the total cost of policing the park.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The Coral Sea Heritage Park is a proposal of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

It has not been introduced by the Government, and is not being considered for introduction.