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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4534..


Water restrictions

(Question No 349)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 10 December 2002:

Concerning current water restrictions:

(1) What arrangements, if any, have been reached with:

(a) National Capital Authority;

(b) The Canberra Racecourse;

(c) Private golf courses;

to abide by restrictions.

(2) What are the penalties for breaches for those at (1) (a) to (c) above.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The following arrangements have been reached with the following organisations and businesses:

(a) National Capital Authority (NCA): ACTEW has held discussions with the National Capital Authority and the NCA has agreed to reduce water by the target specified in the water restrictions scheme.

(b) The Canberra Racecourse: ACTEW has held discussions with the Canberra Racecourse and the Canberra Racecourse has agreed to reduce water by the target specified in the water restrictions scheme.

(c) Golf courses: ACTEW has held discussions with all golf courses that use potable water. All have agreed to reduce water by the specified target. The Royal Canberra Golf Club has a separate licensing arrangement with the National Capital Authority to draw water from Lake Burley Griffin.

(2) The penalties for breaches are as follows

(a) The National Capital Authority is not subject to ACT Legislation.

(b) Under the Magistrates Court (Utilities Infringement Notices) Regulations 2002, the maximum penalty for a corporation is up to $5,000. This includes the Canberra Racecourse and golf courses that use potable water.


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