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Question Without Notice No. 632 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 June 2019 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS

632. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the Minister for Environment:

My question is without notice.

(1) Can the minister advise the house of what he is doing to ensure that the Environmental Protection (Environmentally Sensitive Areas) Notice 2005 is not having a negative effect on land use and land values?

(2) What steps is the minister taking to implement the recommendations contained in the forty-first report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for the question. As ever, I foreshadowed that he would ask a similar question this afternoon in question time.

(1)–(2) Obviously, this issue was raised in an earlier motion brought before this house by Hon Rick Mazza. Following that discussion, I sought further advice from my department on environmentally sensitive areas and on the response to the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs' forty-first report from the thirty-ninth Parliament. I have sought that information. To my knowledge, the issue has not been raised with me before today or since I became Minister for Environment. Certainly, as a result of today's conversation and debate, I have asked for advice from my department on this issue.