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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
Page: 3717

(Question No. 4712)

Mr Tickner asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 7 October 1986:

(1) Has he received representations expressing concern about the impact on the Royal National Park of proposed residential developments in the Helensburgh area.

(2) What has been his response to those representations.

(3) Is he able to say whether there are proposals to add 2000 hectares to the park.

(4) Does the area contain fauna which are likely to become locally extinct if the park is not enlarged.

Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) No representations have been received expressing concern about the impact on the Royal National Park of proposed residential development in the Helensburgh area but it could be expected that representations would have been directed to the New South Wales Minister for Planning and Environment.

(3) The Royal National Park and the surrounding area come under the jurisdiction of the New South Wales State Government. I am unable to comment on whether there are such proposals.

(4) I understand that, in 1985, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service undertook a series of surveys of the national resources of the region. During these surveys, rainforest fauna was of particular interest because of the limited distribution of rainforest in the Sydney region. The well-developed areas of rainforest associated with the Illawarra escarpment extend into the Sydney region only in the Hacking River area. This is reflected by the assemblage of bird species which are restricted to rainforest habitat which, in the Sydney region, are confined to the Hacking River area.

Isolation of these forests from those of the Illawarra escarpment could adversely affect specific fauna dependent on rainforest.

If the honourable member requires more detailed information on the wildlife of the region, I would suggest he directs his enquiries to the NSW Minister for Planning and Environment who is responsible for the management of wildlife in New South Wales.