Senate debates

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Questions without Notice

James Price Point

2:49 pm

Photo of Stephen ConroyStephen Conroy (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

Minister Burke is advised that there have been two referrals in relation to a road to James Price Point. The first was for a four-metre wide access track. Minister Burke is advised that a departmental delegate in November last year determined that the proposal was not a controlled action. This decision was made as the department determined that the access track was unlikely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance. The second was a proposal from the Western Australian government for a 45-kilometre sealed road from the Broome-Cape Leveque Road to James Price Point. On 26 May 2011 a departmental delegate determined that this proposal was not a controlled action if carried out in a particular manner. No further federal environmental assessment will be required as long as measures are in place to minimise impacts on the greater bilby, which is listed as vulnerable.


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