173. The risk assessment concluded that this limited and controlled release of up to 11 varieties of GM cotton on a maximum cumulative area of 78 ha over three years in the LGAs of Narrabri, NSW, Wyndham-East Kimberley, WA, and Central Highlands, Qld, poses negligible risks to the health and safety of people or the environment as a result of gene technology.

174. The risk management plan concluded that these negligible risks do not require specific risk treatment measures. However, licence conditions have been imposed to limit the release to the size, locations and duration proposed in the application, and to require controls in line with those proposed by the applicant, as these were important considerations in establishing the context for assessing the risks.