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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Nobbys design needs no further assessment

Media release
21 January 2009

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A resubmitted proposal to develop Nobbys Headland at Newcastle will not need to undergo a formal federal environmental assessment, Environment Minister, Peter Garrett announced today.

"After looking at the new design to develop Nobbys Headland, I am satisfied that it will not impact on the Commonwealth heritage-listed lighthouse and therefore does not need to undergo further federal environmental assessment," he said.

Mr Garrett refused an earlier development proposal of the site in May 2008 after finding it would have an adverse affect on the Commonwealth heritage values of Nobbys Lighthouse.

However, he said the latest proposal had removed significant elements of the earlier design.

"The main difference with the new design is that it no longer features the glass restaurant surrounding a large area of the lighthouse which was going to impact on its heritage values.

"As I said last year when I refused the proposal, I am not against development of sites such as Nobbys, however, it's important that any development of this site doesn't compromise the heritage values of the lighthouse.

"I'm very pleased that the proponent was able to come up with a design that will still allow those specific features to remain intact."

The proposal will now require Council and state approvals before construction can begin.

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