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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
16 September 2003
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, has approved, subject to conditions, the construction of Henley Golf Course within the Yarra River floodplain at Kangaroo Crossing.
The 210-hectare 18-hole golf course development, proposed by Yarra Valley Golf Pty Ltd, required assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 due to potential impacts on nationally threatened fish species, namely the Macquarie Perch, Australian Greyling and Murray Cod.
"My decision to approve construction was taken after a rigorous and transparent assessment process with public consultation," Dr Kemp said.
"I have decided to allow the golf course development to proceed, but have attached conditions to the approval to ensure any impacts on the threatened fish species are identified and minimised."
The conditions require Yarra Valley Golf Pty Ltd to:
Dr Kemp commended Yarra Valley Golf Pty Ltd for achieving improved water quality at its earlier development site, the nearby St Johns Golf Course, through the installation of a water filtering system.
"Monthly water quality testing and laboratory analysis at St John's Golf Course has shown water discharged into Yarra River is of a higher quality than before due to pollutant traps and wetland vegetation filtering. The same filtering devices will be installed at the Henley Golf Course site," he said.
"Through the EPBC Act, the Howard Government is delivering substantially greater protection for matters of national environmental significance, including nationally threatened species and ecological communities.
"Today's decision will ensure the protection of the threatened fish species' habitat, while boosting the local economy and creating employment opportunities."
A copy of the approval and conditions can be viewed on the Department of the Environment and Heritage web site at: http://www.deh.gov.au/epbc/publicnotices/index.html