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Fiona Stanley Hospital

(Question No. 2386)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 28 October 2009:
(1) Can the Minister confirm that the department's original approval for the Fiona Stanley Hospital site in Murdoch, Western Australia, included the protection of an offset package adjacent to a North Lake parcel of land (Datafile: 080627-Item38- beeliar.dwg, dated 26 June 2008).
(2) (a) Is the Minister aware that in August 2009, a variation to that original approval and protected parcel of land was signed off by Ms Vicki Middleton, Assistant Secretary of the Environment Assessment Branch of the department (DataFile: 090701-item38 area 7.dwg, dated 24 July 2009);
(b) was this change made in response to a request from the former Western Australian Department of Housing and Works;
(c) did Main Roads Western Australia make any representation/ submission to the department in regard to this project;
(d) did any other Western Australian state government Minister, department or officer request a change to the parcel of protected land; and
(e) what were the ecological reasons for asking for a variation of the offsets package.

Senator Wong-The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:
(1) Yes. The approval of the Fiona Stanley Hospital under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
1999 included a requirement to plant 1000 plants in a 20 hectare area adjacent to North Lake to assist with providing additional foraging habitat for the Carnaby's black cockatoo.
(2) (a) Yes.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) No.
(e) The request was made due to the prior existence of a road reserve on the original site which meant that the proponent of the Fiona Stanley Hospital could not comply with the approval conditions that require the protection of the offset area into perpetuity. The delegate approved the proposed change because there was no ecological difference for the Carnaby's black cockatoo between revegetation on the original or the new site. The variation decision achieved equivalent ecological outcomes to the original decision as both areas are adjacent to North Lake, both are approximately 20 hectares in size, and black cockatoos can readily access both sites.

 

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