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Lake Malbena - National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council Advice


Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Tags: Lake Malbena

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mr HODGMAN

We now know that your key parks advisory body advised the federal government not to give EPBC approval to the Lake Malbena proposal in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. We have a copy of that advice which we seek the leave of the House to table.

I move -

That this advice be tabled.

Madam SPEAKER - Convention is that normally you would give more notice.

Ms O'CONNOR - In the interests of openness and transparency, will you commit to tabling the advice that the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council provided to you on the flawed opaque state approval process?

Can you explain why the advice of people with expertise in parks management and protection has been ignored by two levels of government in order to allow the degradation of wilderness values at Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park?

 

ANSWER

Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Clark for the question. I will not delay question time by reiterating the steps and processes that have been undertaken on this proposal at commonwealth and state level.

I will take advice and provide a response at a later time. I will not do anything that will compromise good process and that allows a proposal like this to be assessed at a state and commonwealth level and available for consultation and the views of many.

Not all the advice and views I have received are supportive of this project, but I have confidence in the process, state and Commonwealth, that has recommended the proposal proceed.