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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 145..


Mr Stefaniak presented the following paper:

Purchase agreement between the Attorney-General and the Chief Executive of the Department of Justice and Community Safety for 2000-2001-Addendum.

Mr Smyth presented the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 29-Variation (No 140) to the Territory Plan relating to the existing produce market sites at Greenway section 2, block 5 and Belconnen section 31, block 5, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 64

MR HIRD (4.08): I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report No 64-Draft variation (No 162) to the Territory Plan-Mini-hydro power plants at Cotter and Corin Dams, dated 6 February 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

Mr Speaker, you authorised the printing, publication and circulation of this report on 8 February 2001, pursuant to the committee's resolution of appointment. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, I will be brief in tabling this report. It deals with draft variation No 162 to the Territory Plan. The draft variation proposes to amend the schedules as part C2 of the water use and catchment policies to allow for the construction of a mini-hydro power station at the Cotter Dam and Corin Dam. The committee took into account submissions lodged with the planning authority, PALM. We also held public hearings on the issue.

The committee noted that the proposal is consistent with ActewAGL's green power scheme and that the impact of the mini-hydro power station will be monitored by both the Cooperative Centre for Fresh Water Ecology and the Conservator of Flora and Fauna. We saw no reason to delay or amend the variation; hence, our recommendation that it be endorsed. Might I just say, in closing, that this is an historic moment for the territory community inasmuch as we will be producing our own electricity by way of a mini-hydro power station. I commend the report to members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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