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Tuesday, 4 November 2003
Page: 22043

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 18 September 2003:

Further to the answer to question No.1898 (Hansard, 11 August 2003, page 18060), what is the status of the ongoing discussions his department is having in relation to the development activities on the Rhodes Peninsula and the application of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to the development area.

Dr Kemp (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Following discussions with the companies responsible for the development activities in Precincts A, B and C on Rhodes Peninsula, my Department is satisfied that adequate consideration has been given to the protection of all matters of national environmental significance in the area, including listed migratory species, which are covered by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The Department considers that it is unlikely that the proposed development will have a significant impact on listed migratory species and does not propose to take any further action in relation to the matter.