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CASA Annual Report 2003 04 Part 5: Statutory reporting requirements

Statutory reporting requirements

Ecologically sustainable development

Under subsection 516A(3) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, CASA must report on its actions and operations during the financial year in accordance with subsection 516A(6) of the Act.

Under subsection 9A(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988, CASA must regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration when exercising its powers and performing its functions. However, subject to this overriding safety obligation, CASA is also required by subsection 9A(2) to exercise its powers and perform its functions in a manner that ensures, as far as is practicable, the environment is protected from the effects:

  • of the operation and use of aircraft
  • associated with the operation and use of aircraft.

CASA has regard to section 9A in regulatory standards development and compliance activities, in accordance with the principles of section 3A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

CASA is an active participant in the Australian Government’s energy efficiency policy. It is this policy that drives CASA’s initiatives to reduce energy consumption and, therefore, CASA’s contribution to the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategy.

In addition, CASA employs waste reduction initiatives such as waste paper recycling programs and building waste recycling programs when undertaking building fitouts and refurbishments.

During 2003–04 CASA was not involved in any actions likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance or on Commonwealth land.

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CASA helps protect Sydney Harbour

CASA played a role in helping to protect the foreshores of Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay from unapproved developments.

In 2003, the New South Wales Waterways Authority commissioned helicopter video footage of all waterfront leases in both premier maritime areas. The Waterways Authority worked with CASA to obtain approvals necessary for a series of low-level helicopter flights to film waterfront properties from a few hundred metres out from shore.

In the past the Waterways Authority filmed Sydney Harbour once every three years from a fixed wing aircraft from about 2000 feet. But this footage had far less useful detail of buildings and other structures than the video shot from the low-level helicopter.

The Authority plans to shoot the video every year to check for unapproved new development. There are about 2000 private leases of jetties, wharves, boatsheds, swimming pools, marinas, ramps and slipways on both Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay.

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