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Question Without Notice No. 826 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 September 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 18 September 2018

WETLAND BUFFER GUIDELINE

826. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Planning:

I thank the minister for providing a response to question without notice 759 relating to the 2005 draft ''Guideline for the Determination of Wetland Buffer Requirements'', and I would like to seek some clarity on the response.

(1) Given that the new wetland buffer guidelines will not be finalised until 2019 or 2020, can the minister confirm that the 2005 draft guidelines will be enforced in the interim?

(2) If not, does the minister share my concern that developments will be approved that do not meet the requirements in the 2005 draft guidelines and that our urban wetlands will not have been adequately protected for almost 15 years?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

On behalf of the minister representing the Minister for Planning, I am advised of the following.

(1)–(2) In addition to the 2005 draft ''Guideline for the Determination of Wetland Buffer Requirements'', there are a number of other contemporary government policy instruments that ensure adequate wetland buffers are secured in planning and development decision-making such as the Environmental Protection Authority guidance statement 33, ''Environmental Guidance for Planning and Development'', May 2008; the 2006 ''State Planning Policy 2.9: Water Resources''; ''Better Urban Water Management'', October 2008; and the 2002 ''Development Control Policy 2.3: Public Open Space in Residential Areas''. Current government regulatory arrangements surrounding wetland buffer requirements afford adequate protection during land planning and development decision-making. Although the aforementioned policies provide for adequate protection, work is being undertaken, in line with the intent of the planning reform, to have streamlined and transparent policies, towards a single cross-governmental policy position on wetland buffers.