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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 182

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 1 December 2004:

With reference to the answer to question on notice no 1370 (Senate Hansard, 11 August 2003, p.13099)

(1)   Is the Minister aware that: (a) a Forest Practices Plan (FPP) for a road through Southport Lagoon Conservation Area and Extension and private property (FPP No. RMS0090) expired on 30 June 2003; and (b) there is a FPP also numbered FPP RMS0090, but applying only to private property, represented as a variation of the original plan, which expires on 30 June 2005.

(2)   What action will the Minister take to ensure that any works in the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area will be subject to assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999, particularly in relation to threats to the endangered swamp eyebright, for example, through damage from off-road vehicles, invasion by weeds and Phytophthera cinnamomi.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1) (a)   Yes; and (b) The Tasmanian Forest Practices Board has advised that a variation to Forest Practices Plan No. RMS0090 was prepared but has not come into force.

(2)   Forestry activity undertaken in accordance with a Regional Forest Agreement is exempt from the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Should any new work be proposed or undertaken other than in accordance with the Regional Forest Agreement, officers of my Department will examine whether such work requires approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.