Al­leged clear­ing probe

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

STATE Govern­ment de­part­ments and Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil are ex­pected to com­plete in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged il­le­gal land clear­ing at Yule Point within weeks. Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of tracks which were cleared through a coun­cil re­serve to­wards the beach. The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Re­source Man­age­ment con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and Fish­eries Queens­land is also un­der­tak­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions in re­la­tion to the al­leged re­moval of ma­rine plants which are pro­tected un­der the Fish­eries Act 1994. “Res­i­dents or de­vel­op­ers must en­sure they have the right ap­provals prior to un­der­tak­ing works near tidal ar­eas as the de­struc­tion, dam­age or dis­tur­bance of ma­rine plants with­out prior ap­proval from Fish­eries Queens­land is pro­hib­ited.” The agency said the per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble could be li­able for a fine of up to $300,000.

PORT DOU­GLAS & MOSS­MAN GAZETTE, Thurs­day, Au­gust 19, 2010 -

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