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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2826

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Envir onment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   What is the (a) number and (b) nature of environment impact statements which (i) have been issued or (ii) are in preparation, and what are the expected dates of completion of the latter group.

(2)   Which agencies or consultants have been employed in the work leading to the preparation of each of the statements.

Dr Cass (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Environment and Conservation) - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) 20 Environmental Impact Statements have been prepared or are in the course of preparation.

(b)   One relating to the proposal to build a telecommunications tower on Black Mountain in the A.C.T. has been issued. The remainder cover a wide range of subjects still under consideration including land acquisition, dam, airport and building construction, housing development and roads.

(2)   The responsibility for the preparation of Impact Statements rests with the Departments putting forward a proposal. Those departments are responsible for any hiring of agencies or consultants that might occur. Similarly these departments largely determine the completion dates for Environmental Impact Statements.

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