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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
11 April 2006
A residential development in Victoria, which was the subject of media attention last week because of potential impacts on the Golden Sun Moth, will not require approval by the Australian Government.
VillaWorld Limited lodged a referral under the EPBC Act for a proposed residential development at Eynesbury on 13 March 2006.
My Department has looked at this proposal and concluded that it does not trigger federal environment law.
This means it will not require any further assessment by the Australian Government given that significant impacts on the Golden Sun Moth are not likely. The Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) provides for the protection of certain defined matters of national environmental significance. These matters include world and national heritage properties, wetlands of international importance, migratory species, nationally threatened species and ecological communities, nuclear actions, and the Commonwealth area. The Golden Sun Moth is listed as a critically endangered species under the EPBC Act.
Development proposals that are likely to have a significant impact on these matters must be assessed and approved by the Australian Government under the EPBC Act. Those development proposals which are not likely to impact on these matters do not require approval.
This proposal is one that does not require approval as it is not likely to impact on these matters.
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434