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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1376


Senator WOODLEY —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   5 June 1996 is World Environment Day,

   (ii)   the Queensland Government has been discussing the damming of the Tully Millstream for a hydro-electric scheme,

   (iii)   this would have the effect of drowning part of a world heritage listed wet tropics area and affecting 130 kms of stream flows,

   (iv)   a further 4 000 hectares of forest listed on the interim register of the national estate would be affected,

   (v)   there are alternatives to the scheme and it is therefore unnecessary,

   (vi)   there is a half a million dollar tourist industry at risk as a direct result of the scheme,

(vii)   while the Government states that the hydro-electric scheme is better because it will not contribute to the greenhouse effect, the latest studies published in New Scientist of 4 May 1996 demonstrate that dams for hydro power pose a threat, and

(viii)   in one case, studies revealed 16 times the greenhouse potential of an equivalent fossil fuel power station due to the mass rotting vegetation problem; and

(b)   calls on the Federal Government to demonstrate a real commitment to the environment by proclaiming the Tully area of the wet tropics to be an area under the World Heritage Protection Act in order to protect it from the Queensland Government's hydro-electric proposal.