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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

01 February 2002

Paradise Dam


The Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp has given environmental clearance, subject to conditions, to the construction of the Paradise Dam on the Burnett River in Queensland.

Dr Kemp said the approval followed a rigorous assessment process through a Queensland Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Queensland EIS was accredited by former Minister, Senator the Hon Robert Hill, under the Commonwealth's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).

Under the EPBC Act, Commonwealth approval relates specifically and only to matters of national environmental significance* set out in the Act. The State Government deals with other environmental concerns.

"In accordance with the Act, I was assured by the Queensland Government that all other environmental issues have been assessed to the greatest extent practicable.

"Conditions attached to the approval include the requirement to develop a plan to secure compensatory habitat at Mount Blandy for the Black-breasted Button Quail.

"Other conditions include the requirement for a management plan to manage the impacts of the dam on listed migratory species in the Burnett River estuary. The management plan will include surveys for listed migratory species and water quality and environmental flow monitoring.

"Available evidence suggests migratory species are unlikely to be directly affected but the management plan is required to ensure no indirect impacts as a result of changes in water quality or flows," Dr Kemp said.

For more information on the EPBC Act please visit Environment Australia's web site at: http://www.ea.gov.au/epbc/publicnotices/index.html

*World heritage properties, Ramsar wetlands, nationally listed threatened species or ecological communities, nationally listed migratory species, Commonwealth marine areas and nuclear actions.

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Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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