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EIS Promised by NT Govt August 08

Posted by tiwiccbb on August 29, 2008

http://www. nt. alp. org. au/news/0808/cmmr07-01. php

Protecting The Territory’s Environment
Date: 07 August 2008

A Labor Government will require any further land clearing applications on the Tiwi Islands to be subject to a full Environmental Impact Statement, Chief Minister Paul Henderson said.

“Current land clearing for forestry on the Tiwi Islands was approved by the former CLP Government and Howard Government with no public scrutiny,” Mr Henderson said.

“Under a Labor Government, any proposals for further land clearing on the Tiwi Islands will require a full Environmental Impact Statement – ensuring community input in the process – and will include considerations of the carbon emission impact of large scale land clearing.

“My Government’s environmental policies are in stark contrast to those of Terry Mills and the CLP – they put the Territory’s environment at risk.

“The CLP will immediately approve land clearing applications on the Daly River, destroying fishing in this iconic river – Terry Mills is just not up to it.

Media contact: Rebecca Cass 0401 110 389——————————————————————————————————————————————————

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Thursday 7th of August 2008

Green groups welcome NT Government scrutiny of Tiwi’s landclearing

The Wilderness Society (TWS) and the Environment Centre of the Northern Territory (ECNT) have welcomed today’s announcement by the Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, that any further land clearing on the Tiwi Islands will be subject to a full and public environmental assessment process.

Over the past several years, 30 000 hectares of forest on the Tiwi’s have been bulldozed for plantation establishment. It is proposed that a further 50 000 – 70 000 hectares be cleared as part of the second stage of the forestry project.

The Tiwi’s are located approximately 80 kilometres north of Darwin.

The clearing operations have been controversial and have generated considerable dispute within the Tiwi’s community.

Lyndon Schneiders, Northern Australia Campaign Manager for TWS said, “We welcome Mr Henderson’s announcement as a sensible and practical measure to ensure that the environmental, economic and social dimensions of any further clearing on the Tiwi’s are fully understood and debated and that alternative options for development on the Island are fully explored. This new process stands in stark contrast to the shady and secretive approvals that were given to the project in past.

Charles Roche, Coordinator of the ECNT said, “Land clearing is a major threat to the Territory’s environment, we are pleased that the Territory Government is acting to ensure adequate environmental assessment on the Tiwi Islands.

For further information or comment, contact:

Lyndon Schneiders 0407 667 076
Charles Roche 044 888 7303

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