Samantha Dunn asked these questions to parliament on behalf of concerned residents from Old Warburton over the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination:
(Notice received 7 September 2018)
12879 MS DUNN — To ask the Special Minister of State (for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change): In relation to the proposal for a mountain bike trail network in Warburton —
(1) have the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria undertaken a strategic assessment of the proposal, and if so, have any social, economic, physical, environmental, cultural and heritage impacts and, safety and resourcing factors been considered.
(2) have DELWP agreed to a statistical sampling approach of the quality of the vegetation or will the Minister insist on a detailed environmental assessment.
(3) what actions are proposed in relation to ensuring that the biodiversity within this region is preserved and not impacted to any degree by the trail alignments.
(4) will DELWP and Parks Victoria ensure that the proposed trails totally avoid Leadbeater’s possum habitat.
(5) what actions have been proposed to minimise the potential risk of human disturbance causing Myrtle Wilt disease spread to nearby cool temperate rainforests
(6) what level of funding does the Government intend to contribute towards infrastructure and ongoing maintenance of the proposed trails.
(7) what has been the level of engagement with the local Indigenous community in relation to the proposed bike trails and has a Cultural Heritage Management Plan been prepared.
(8) has a detailed management plan been prepared and is this available to the community.