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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1118

(Question No. 414)


Senator Puplick asked the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 21 August 1985:

(1) What co-ordination is taking place through the Department of Resources and Energy for developing a national strategy for dealing with co-ordination of all tiers of government to protect the fragile ecosystems of urban rivers.

(2) What co-ordination, if any, of Commonwealth Government departments whose activities might affect the Georges River in Sydney has been undertaken by the Department.

(3) Have any approaches been made to the Department by the New South Wales Government to ensure that all appropriate Commonwealth departments would participate in any future effort at co-ordination of protection of the environment of the Georges River in Sydney.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Resources and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Commonwealth, State and local governments collaborate on a project-by-project basis in studies, which take account of environmental implications, to determine the most suitable floodplain management strategies for selected river systems.

(2) Several studies referred to in (1) above, and resultant works, have been undertaken in the Georges River catchment in recent years.

(3) No.