763. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Lands:
I refer to the development of the Ocean Reef marina. Will the minister please provide the estimated total bushland clearing for the project, regardless of whether that clearing is associated with the marine or terrestrial elements of the project?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Lands.
It is proposed to clear approximately 19 hectares of bushland. A portion of land zoned Bush Forever has been retained and provides a natural green buffer between the marina and existing residential properties. A Bush Forever negotiated planning outcome has been supported by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. This NPO sets out strategies to help ensure the long-term protection of our environment, including the purchase of approximately 26 hectares of Bush Forever offset land and approximately five hectares of onsite bushland rehabilitation. In addition, fauna relocation will be undertaken prior to any works in the bushland.