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Motion: Sydney Harbour terminal development

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:04): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the current member for Warringah stated in 1997, in reference to development on Middle Head in Sydney Harbour, that he had organised a number of protest meetings and campaigned strongly to ensure this piece of heritage was not lost to the people of Sydney and Australia;

(ii) Liberal branches in the Warringah electorate have expressed concerns about the proposed development, including the Mosman Liberal Branch that passed a motion calling on the government to reject the development and instead work with the community towards a truly adaptive use of the present buildings;

(iii) a report on fire risk on Middle Head prepared by a former Australian Capital Territory chief fire control officer, Mr Roger Fenwick, noted that the current development proposal does not meet New South Wales fire protection standards for aged care facilities; and

(b) calls on the Minister for the Environment, Mr Hunt, to reverse his approval for the proposed development application, and to not accept any new or amended application for development on the 10 Terminal site at Middle Head.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that Notice of Motion No. 564 be agreed to.

Question negatived.


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