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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Minister Burke visits Great Keppel Island

Media release
13 November 2012

Environment Minister Tony Burke is today visiting Great Keppel Island to inspect the site of the proposed Great Keppel Island tourism and marina development.

GKI Resort is expected to soon provide its final environmental impact statement for the proposal, addressing public submissions.

The proposal is being assessed jointly with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and in parallel with the Queensland Government. The two governments' assessment processes are being aligned to the greatest extent possible.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement was open for public comment under the Australian Government's process until 22 October 2012, which allowed the public 60 days to respond.

The project is being assessed under national environment law because of its potential impacts on nationally threatened species, listed migratory species, World and National heritage places, Commonwealth marine areas and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

“Once the assessment process is complete, I will carefully consider the assessment, the advice of my department, and all public comments received before deciding whether or not the proposal should proceed,” Mr Burke said.

“The nature of these decisions is that they cannot in any way be prejudged prior to the advice being finalised.

“It will be a little bit longer before I am in a position to make a final decision on the project, but I have always taken the view that you get the best perspective when you visit a site personally.”