Tiwi Islands – Northern Territory

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NT Govt Sites of International Significance – Tiwi Islands Dec 08

Posted by tiwiccbb on December 5, 2008

http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/environment/conservation/pdf/09_tiwi.pdf

Submissions must be in by 19 Dec 2008

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Senate Inquiry into Tiwi Islands – Press Release 4 Dec 2008

Posted by tiwiccbb on December 4, 2008

Link to Transcripts of Tiwi Senate Hearings – Melville Is, Darwin, Canberra 2009

http://www.aph.gov.au/SENATE/committee/eca_ctte/tiwi_islands/hearings/index.htm

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Greens start Senate Inquiry into Tiwi Islands
Thursday 4th December 2008

The environmental and economic impact of forestry and mining in the Tiwi Islands will be scrutinised under a Senate Inquiry set up by the Australian Greens today.
“The Tiwi Islands, 80km north of Darwin, have significant biodiversity values, with eucalypt forests and tropical savannas existing alongside rainforest,” said Senator Rachel Siewert.
“These forested areas in the Tiwi Islands are now the subject of a major clear-felling and wood chipping project approved by the Howard government in 2001, resulting in deforestation of an estimated 30,000
hectares.”
The committee will look into the impact of existing and proposed forestry and mining operations in the islands, including their compliance with relevant environmental approvals and conditions, reporting by June 2009.

The details of the Inquiry are:
a) an assessment of the environmental, economic and community impacts of
existing and proposed forestry and mining operations on the Tiwi Islands
including compliance with relevant environmental approvals and
conditions;
b) a review of governance arrangements relating to existing forestry and
mining operations on the Tiwi Islands, including the examination of
consent and approval processes to date;
c) in respect to forestry operations, an examination of the adequacy of
contractual, commercial and legal arrangements between project
proponents and operators and the Tiwi Land Council
(including examination and reporting on ‘Commercial-in-Confidence’ documentation
and land valuations, lease arrangements and royalty payments);
d) an examination of the economic opportunity costs associated with
existing developments including forestry operations;
e) an examination of the prospects for alternative economic development
opportunities and impediments for the Tiwi Islands including sale and
promotion of cultural products, community development activities, land
and sea management, and opportunities for involvement in future carbon
trading and emissions offsets schemes; and
f) any related matters.

For more information or media enquiries please call Tim Norton on  0418401 180

Norton, Tim (Sen Rachel Siewert)

Email: Tim.Norton@aph.gov.au

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