Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Public Consultation Starts on Christmas Island Strategic Assessment

Media Release

SL002/2019

15 February 2019

Public comment is now invited on the draft terms of reference for the Strategic Assessment of Christmas Island, which will support economic activity and diversity by ensuring clarity about environmental approval arrangements for the next 50 years.

The Strategic Assessment will examine how future development on the island can be undertaken in a way that recognises and protects the Island's unique environment.

The Australian Government is conducting consultations on the draft Terms of Reference from 15 February to 29 March 2019.

The Australian Government will engage with a wide variety of interested groups to ensure the final Terms of Reference enable protection of the environment and provide certainty for local businesses.

The Administrator of Christmas Island, Mrs Natasha Griggs, will drive consultation and community engagement on Christmas Island. I look forward to hearing the local community’s views and working closely with Mrs Griggs to progress this important Government initiative. Mrs Griggs will announce dates and details of consultations next week.

The Strategic Assessment will inform future plans, in line with the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, for potential future development on Christmas Island. It will consider land use opportunities and environmental protections to support sustainable economic development and provide greater certainty for the community over the next 50 years while protecting Christmas Island’s environment, unique flora and fauna and world-renowned rainforest, birds and crabs.

The draft terms of reference are available for review and comment at www.regional.gov.au/territories/Christmas/strategic-assessment/. I encourage all interested members of the public to share their views on this important Government initiative.