288. The risk assessment concluded that this proposed limited and controlled release of up to 12,500 GM sugarcane lines on a maximum total area of 21 ha over 15 years in the Queensland LGAs of Moreton Bay, Bundaberg, Mackay, Burdekin and Cairns, poses negligible risks to the health and safety of people or the environment as a result of gene technology.

289. The risk management plan concluded that these negligible risks do not require specific risk treatment measures. However, licence conditions have been imposed to restrict the release to the size and locations requested by the applicant as these were important considerations in establishing the context for assessing the risks. The context for assessing the risks may change substantially over the 15 year period proposed by the applicant, potentially impacting upon the conclusions of the risk assessment. Therefore, the imposed licence conditions limit the release to six years, rather than the 15 years proposed by the applicant.