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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 1996



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 1996

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Parliamentary Record 29


Questions for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 27 November 1996 Mr STONE: Members opposite make these grubby allegations about people in the Department of the Chief Minister stealing this information and laundering this information. Their case has just been demolished. It has been demolished in a big way. Bullocky Point Cliff Face Mr MITCHELL to MINISTER for LANDS, PLANNING and ENVIRONMENT Many Australians were horrified when 9 people were killed in September following the collapse of a cliff face at Gracetown in Western Australia. Is the government considering any action to remove the potential risk of a rock fall from the cliffs at Bullocky Point in Fannie Bay? Ms Martin inteijecting. ANSWER Mr Speaker, we have an interjection again from the member for Fannie Bay. It is refreshing to hear from the member for Millner a question of interest to Territorians rather than the drivel that we have had for the last 5 days of Question Time and which has been of little relevance to what the real people are concerned about. The Gracetown tragedy illustrated the dangers of the natural environment, particularly unstable rock and sand formations along our coastline. Not long after that incident, a community-minded resident of Parap contacted, in the first instance, the Chief Minister about his concern in relation to an overhanging rock formation at Bullocky Point. The ChiefMinister passed that on to me. Subsequently, an officer of the Department of Transport and Works, who is a senior engineer and geologist, investigated the area. He noted that an overhanging section of the cliff face, approximately 25 m in length, was predominantly composed of siltstone which is considered to have a medium to high strength. While there appeared to be no immediate danger, there was a possibility of that rock face collapsing in the future. That is a popular area where people go walking to enjoy our wonderful coastline. It is virtually pristine thanks to the good environmental management undertaken by the Northern Territory government for the protection of our foreshores, particularly Darwin Harbour. Members opposite may laugh. This is a classic example of a popular part of the coastline close to urban areas of Darwin which people enjoy. This constituent of the member for Fannie Bay - one would think she would be a little more interested in this matter ... Ms Martin interjecting. Mr REED: This constituent reported the potential risk of a rock fall. I am pleased to advise that this rock overhang will be removed. In addition, signs indicating the potential risk associated with the area will be installed. Mr Bailey inteijecting. 1838