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Monday, 9 September 1996
Page: 3032

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

We the undersigned humbly request that the Senate honours the obligations of the Commonwealth of Australia to protect its territory that has received World Heritage status according to the World Heritage Convention of which Australia is a signatory.

Significant ares of marine and mangrove ecosystems of Australia's World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are directly threatened with destruction by the adjacent construction of Australia's largest tourist resort and marina complex at Oyster Point near Cardwell North Queensland (opposite Hinchinbrook Island).

We implore the Senate to use its powers immediately to permanently halt the construction of the marina and access channel in the World Heritage "Buffer Zone" as recommended by the Valentine Report made to his Department in October 1994.