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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

29 November 2006

Mary River dam proposal to be assessed under EPBC Act


A proposal to construct Stage One of the Traveston Crossing Dam on Mary River in South-East Queensland will require assessment and approval by the Australian Government under federal environment law, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.

“A rigorous and transparent assessment of the impact of the proposed dam on these matters of national environmental significance must now be undertaken,” Senator Campbell said.

The Australian Government’s environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), provides for the protection of certain defined matters of national environmental significance (NES), that include world and national heritage properties, wetlands of international importance, migratory species, nationally threatened species and ecological communities, and the Commonwealth area.

Development proposals that are likely to have a significant impact on these matters must be assessed and approved by the Australian Government. The Australian Government cannot intervene in those development proposals which are not likely to have a significant impact on these matters.

The Australian Government’s assessment of the proposal under the EPBC Act will consider the likely impact of the dam on:

Construction of Stage Two of the Dam is not expected to commence until 2035. A proposal for Stage 2 will be referred separately under the EPBC Act at that time.

Further information including referral documentation as well as the controlled action declaration are available from the Department of the Environment and Heritage web site at: www.deh.gov.au/epbc/

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 04094 93902

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