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Thursday, 22 August 1996
Page: 3002

(Question No. 129)

Senator Margetts asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice, on 15 July 1996:

With reference to various development proposals for the Peel-Harvey Estuary near Mandurah in Western Australia and, in particular, to three reviews that were commissioned by the Australian Nature Conservation Agency in relation to a report by environmental consultants Bowman, Bishaw and Gorham:

(1) What was the rationale for undertaking these reviews.

(2) Is the Commonwealth Government currently reviewing any development proposals in the Peel-Harvey region.

(3) Can copies of the three reviews commissioned by the Australian Nature Conservation Agency be provided.

Senator Hill — The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The rationale for undertaking the three reviews referred to, was to advise the former Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, concerning the possible environmental implications of the proposed Harbour City canal-estate development on the Creery Wetland near Mandurah, Western Australia.

(2) The Australian Nature Conservation Agency, within my portfolio, is currently engaged in discussions concerning the future management of the Creery Wetland.

(3) The documents in question are not publicly available, having been refused under section 43(1)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.