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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 830..


In relation to recent correspondence in the Canberra Times regarding poor water pressure in Ainslie on 15 January and Pearce on 26 January:

(1) How many suburbs, by name, experience this problem;

(2) Is it confined to the hilly sections only or is the age of the pipes a problem;

(3) What is being done to fix the problem and what is the estimated time for completion;

(4) If nothing is being done to fix the problem, why not.

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

(1) I have been advised that over the two weeks indicated in question (1), ActewAGL received 17 complaints, relating to low water pressure during the Sunday night exemption. These complaints were received from 10 suburbs, namely; Ainslie, Bruce, Campbell, Charnwood, Dunlop, Hackett, Kambah, Lyneham, Melba and Yarralumla.

(2) ACTEW has informed me that all the problems occurred on properties either at, or near, the top of hills. The age of the pipe is not a factor as the pressure drop occurred in both old and new sections of the network.

(3) In response to complaints received, ActewAGL gave affected residents a further exemption to use their sprinklers on an alternative evening. However, if hot and dry weather persists, some low-pressure problems may be experienced until the exemption concludes at the end of February 2004.

(4) ACTEW assures me that all prudent action is being taken to address this concern.

Child abuse reports

(Question No 1236)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 10 February 2004:

In relation to Family Services:

(1) How many reports of possible child abuse did the Department refer to Family Services in 2002-2003 under mandatory reporting requirements;

(2) What feedback was received by the Department from Family Services to these referrals;

(3) If no feedback was received, why not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Cornwell's question is:

It is difficult to respond to the questions posed by Mr Cornwell as it is not clear what information he is seeking. Reports are made to the Department of Education, Youth & Family Services ie. the department and Family Services are the same administrative unit.

I would be happy to provide further details should this question be further clarified.


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