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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
10 March 2005
The Queensland Government's preferred option for the Kareeya to Innisfail High Voltage Transmission Line has received approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999.
The Queensland Government submitted the coastal route for environmental assessment under the federal environmental law, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.
Assessment under the EPBC Act was required because of potential effects on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and listed threatened species and ecological communities.
"I am aware of community concerns about the Queensland Government's proposal which is why I have made further community consultation a condition of this approval before the final easement is determined," Senator Campbell said.
"This conditional approval will allow Powerlink to proceed and ensure that North Queensland gets a secure and reliable supply of electricity into the future.
Senator Campbell said the Queensland Government had made it clear that it would not allow the powerline to be constructed on the existing alignment under any circumstances.
Senator Campbell said he had also required construction and maintenance plans as well as a plan for decommissioning the current line to ensure the world heritage values of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area were protected and enhanced.A copy of the approval and conditions can be viewed on the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage website at http://www.deh.gov.au/epbc/publicnotices/index.html.
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