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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Port Hinchinbrook

27 November 1996

In response to allegations made by the North Queensland Conservation Council I have asked officers from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to urgently investigate the matters raised.

GBRMPA have advised that the answers to the specific issues raised are as follows:

GBRMPA have advised that the Deed is not being complied with in that an Independent Monitor has not been appointed and certain works are occurring before the Turbidity Control Plan has been approved by the Commonwealth.

Accordingly, I have written to Dr McPhail, Chairman of the GBRMPA, asking him to take appropriate action to ensure the Deed is complied with.

I have also written to the Queensland Government indicating that the Commonwealth is strongly committed to ensuring the Deed is fully complied with.

Commonwealth of Australia