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Monday, 11 August 2003
Page: 13106

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 6 May 2003:

With reference to the answer to question no. 24 taken on notice during the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee additional estimates hearings in February 2003:

(1) What was the location and fate of the grey headed flying foxes fitted with satellite tracking devices and released back into the wild.

(2) Can a copy of the report by the Victorian State Government on these results be provided.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Early reports of the released Grey-headed Flying-foxes fitted with satellite tracking devices show that a number of animals have arrived in Geelong and others have been located in Warrnambool.

(2) The Victorian State Government has not yet produced a report on the results of the relocation trial as the program is still underway. Senator Allison may wish to contact the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) once the relocation trial nears completion in order to obtain any reports that the DSE produce.