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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

20 May 2005

Radical Bay resort approved with conditions


Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell today announced approval of the proposed Radical Bay tourist resort on Magnetic Island following a comprehensive assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Senator Campbell said the decision was made after careful consideration and his approval was subject to a number of conditions designed to protect the world heritage values of the adjacent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

"One of the most important conditions is that the design and construction of the resort must aesthetically complement its surroundings by blending into Magnetic Island's unique environment," Senator Campbell said.

"I've also directed that no work can begin until the resort is connected to the island's new sewerage treatment plant.

"In addition, the developers, Juniper Property Holdings, must ensure the building site does not cause erosion or sediment run off that could be harmful to nearby dugong and turtle foraging and nesting sites.

"Under the conditions of my approval the developers are also required to investigate whether there are any acid sulphate soils in all areas where there is a potential for disturbance. Special care will need to be taken if the soils are found."

The resort proposal was assessed under the EPBC Act because of any potential effects it might have on the world heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef.

"I understand there are community concerns about the development, however, it is my view that if the developers comply with the approval conditions, the resort will not have an adverse affect on the Reef," Senator Campbell said.

The EPBC Act is the Australian Government's key piece of environmental legislation. It provides protection for matters of national environmental significance, which includes World Heritage properties. An action, such as a development proposal, requires approval from the Environment Minister if it has, will have, or is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of environmental significance.

For more information on the EPBC Act visit www.deh.gov.au/epbc

Media contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell's office)   02 6277 7640 or   0418 568 434

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