Tuesday 13 November 2007

[2.52 p.m.]
Mr FINCH (Question) - My question is to the Leader.  Firstly, is the Leader able to repeat categorically the statement by the Minister for Primary Industries and Water that the proposed water pipeline through the Trevallyn nature reserve area will be totally buried?  Secondly, the minister told the other House that there has been wide consultation over the pipeline with a whole lot of stakeholders.  Can the Leader say whether the only community group which holds voluntary working bees in the area, the Friends of Trevallyn Reserve, was among those consulted?  Thirdly, if the Friends of the Trevallyn Reserve were not consulted about the pipeline, which local community groups were consulted?

Mr PARKINSON - I thank the honourable member for his question.  I refer the honourable member to pages 42 and 43 of Schedule LU4, sections TR2.1 and TR8.1, of the pulp mill permit.  TR2.1 (b) requires that, unless otherwise approved in writing by the director, the pipeline must be constructed above ground between Lake Trevallyn and a location 75 metres south of Lake Trevallyn Road and below ground north of this location.  TR8.1 sets out the requirements of consultation with interested parties, of which Friends of Trevallyn Reserve is one