|To:||Denis Wilson <>|
|Subject:||preservation of birds and the sale of Block 9, Section 64 North Watson|
|From:||Martin Butterfield <>|
|Date:||Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:02:45 +1100|
Some years ago - possibly in the (first) reign of "St." Kevin - I tried to find out about the "rules" for environmental offsets under Commonwealth legislation. I can't remember the full gory details, but all that existed was the ACT and a set of draft guidelines for determining what constituted an offset. These dated from several years back, not long after the EPBC Act was first passed in 1999 (in the reign of Little John).
It appeared that finalising these guidelines was never given resources, which was seen as politically helpful since it provided greater flexibility than would be the case if the guidelines were finalised (or even - shock! horror! - established through Regulations). So basically an offset is what the developer's PR people reckon looks good.
I cannot imagine that Commonwealth Minister Hunt will be keen to provide more red tape to bind the Captains of Industry nor that ACT Minister Corbell would be willing to block activities which would provide jobs to members of the CFMEU. (The Greens will doubtless be workshopping the matter, and PUP will is already salivating.)
If someone on this list is able to point me to a definitive final statement of what constitutes an offset I will be delighted to read it.
On 26 March 2014 00:13, Denis Wilson <> wrote:
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