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Thursday, 29 October 2009
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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 East Marine Bioregional Plan (the plan) and Coral Sea Heritage Park (the park):

(1) (a)   Can a list be provided of the dates and venues of all meetings that the Minister or the department has held with stakeholder groups in relation to: (i) the plan, and (ii) the park; and (b) for each meeting, can a list be provided of the groups that were present at meetings and the names of the representative of the groups that attended.

(2)   In regard to the article on 27 August 2009 in the industry publication Fishing World ‘Garrett meets with Greens over marine parks’, which provided details of a meeting held on 26 August 2009 by the Minister ‘with conservation groups, to discuss the Commonwealth’s review of marine protection zones’, can a list be provided of the groups that were present at the meeting, including the names of their representatives.


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:

Minister - Plan

(1) (a)   (i) and (b) The Minister has met with stakeholder group meetings in relation to the plan, as follows:

Organisations & Dates

Venue

3 August 2009

National Seafood Alliance

Canberra

26 August 2009

Various conservation groups (see answer 2 below)

Sydney

17 September 2009

Canberra

Boating and Fishing Council of Australia

(1) (a)   (i) and (b) The Department has held a number of stakeholder group meetings in relation to the East Marine Bioregional Plan. The table below identifies the location and date of each meeting, together with the groups that were represented. The Department has not included details of the individuals involved in each meeting because to do so would require the Department to contact each of these people to obtain their consent to this disclosure, and doing so would not represent an effective use of departmental resources.

Organisations & Dates

Venue

27-30 January 2009

NSW Government agencies

Sydney & Port Stephens

16 February 2009

Queensland Government agencies

Brisbane

CSIRO

Brisbane

17 February 2009

Queensland Government agencies

Brisbane

18 February 2009

Queensland Government agencies

Brisbane

19 February 2009

National Marine Science Centre

Coffs Harbour

20 February 2009

Department of Environment and Climate Change - Solitary Islands Marine Park

Coffs Harbour

2 June 2009

Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association

Cairns

Private company - marine sector

Cairns

3 June 2009

Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries

Cairns

Cairns and Far Northern Environment Centre

Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Cairns

Private company - aquarium sector

Cairns

4 June 2009

Sunfish Queensland

Brisbane

Queensland Government agencies

Brisbane

Queensland Seafood Industry Association

Brisbane

5 June 2009

Marine Queensland

Brisbane

Queensland Game Fishing Association

Brisbane

Private companies in marine sector

15-16 June 2009

Regional Assessment Workshop

Cairns

Queensland Seafood Industry Association

Cairns Marine Aquarium

CapReef

Recfish Australia

Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association

Queensland Game Fishing Association - Evan Jones

Game Fishing Association of Australia

Queensland Charter Vessels Association

Australian Fishing Trade Association

Mitchell’s Marine - Wayne Bayne

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

World Wildlife Fund for Nature

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Queensland Ports Association

Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators

Whale and Dolphin Watch Australia

Queensland Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

James Cook University

Pepperell Research

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

Australian Institute for Marine Science

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

18-19 June 2009

Regional Assessment Workshop

Cronulla

Clarence River Fisherman’s Coop

Seafood Industry Advisory Council

Fishing representative - Coffs Harbour

Game Fishing Association of Australia

Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing (NSW)

Australian Fishing Trade Association

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

World Wildlife Fund for Nature

Australian Marine Conservation Society

Australian Conservation Foundation

Whale and Dolphin Watch Australia

NSW Fisheries

NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change

Norfolk Island Administration

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

Southern Cross University

University of Newcastle

Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Calypso Fishing Adventures

Humane Society International

28 June

Lord Howe Island Management Plan Steering Committee

Lord Howe Island

29 June

Lord Howe Island Management Plan Advisory Committee

Lord Howe Island

1 July 2009

NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change

Sydney

28-29 July 2009

Regional Assessment Workshop

Brisbane

Queensland Seafood Industry Association

Seafood Industry Advisory Council of New South Wales

Clarence River Fisherman’s Coop

Sunfish

Recfish Australia

Queensland Game Fishing Association

Queensland Charter Vessels Association

Whale and Dolphin Watch Australia

Queensland Government agencies

Game Fishing Association of Australia

Incredible Charters

Queensland Ports Association

CSIRO Cleveland

Australian Marine Conservation Society

NSW Department of Primary Industry

Gold Coast Whale Watching Association

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

(1) (a)   (ii) and (b) On 3 August 2009 the Minister met by videoconference with a representative of the National Geographic Society and of the Pew Charitable Trusts, who raised a number of marine issues including their park proposal.

Department - Park

(1) (a)   (ii) and (b) The Coral Sea Heritage Park is not an Australian Government proposal; however it has been raised by fishing, boating, conservation and other stakeholders in many of the meetings about the East Marine Bioregional Plan described above. On 19 March 2009, the Department met with the Australian Conservation Foundation, regarding Coral Sea conservation issues. On 14 April 2009, the Department met with the Pew Charitable Trusts regarding the Pew proposal for a Coral Sea Heritage Park.

(2)   On 26 August 2009 the Minister attended a National Marine Roundtable meeting with conservation groups. The conservation groups that attended the meeting were: Australian Conservation Foundation; Australian Marine Conservation Society; Cetacean Conservation; Environment Tasmania; Humane Society International; International Fund for Animal Welfare; Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales; TRAFFIC; Victorian National Parks Association; WWF Australia; Queensland Conservation Council; The Conservation Council of South Australia; Greenpeace; Wentworth Group; and Mittagong Forum.