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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2302..


MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND

PLANNING

RESPONSE TO QUESTION FROM MS McRAE RAISED IN THE

ASSEMBLY ON 18 JUNE 1997

Acton Peninsula - Demolition of Buildings

Ms McRae on Wednesday 18 June asked the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning - In relation to the dumping of spoil from the demolition of former Royal Canberra Hospital at Fairbairn Park:

What is going on in regard to dumping of rubble from Acton at Fairbairn Park, because the demolition has been planned for a long time? What permission for dumping has been given to the contractors?

Mr Humphries - the answer to the member's question is as follows:

The contractor responsible for the removal of rubble from Acton Peninsula has never been issued with a permit to dump rubble at Fairbairn Park.

Demolition work is continuing at the former Royal Canberra Hospital site, but it has been made clear that no further dumping is to occur at Fairbairn Park until the appropriate approvals have been provided from my department.

The Government's position has always been that the dumping of rubble from the Acton site must comply with all relevant laws. Last November Fairbairn Park Control Council was informed that any dumping of spoil on the site was illegal and that all dumping should halt until approval was gained through the process of a Development Application. There have also been ongoing investigations which culminated recently in the issue of two Pollution Abatement Notices to the Council under the Water Pollution Act 1984.

It should be noted that the process for assessing the Development Application is well under way between Fairbairn Park Control Council and PALM. FPCC has now submitted a Preliminary Assessment document and a Development Application covering the proposed works to PALM and both were advertised last Saturday (21 June 1997) in the Canberra Times for public comment.


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