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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2120..


United Ngunnawal Elders Council

(Question No 1590)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 3 May 2007:

Is the INK1">INK2">United Ngunnawal Elders Council still being funded by the ACT Government; if not, why not and where has the funding for this Council been diverted to.

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

Yes

Water—consumption

(Question No 1598)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 29 May 2007:

(1) What consultation has occurred with (a) sporting groups and (b) the business community, especially those businesses that are dependent on water use, regarding the probable introduction of Level 4 water restrictions;

(2) What actions will the ACT Government take to (a) reduce its water usage, (b) persuade the Federal Government to reduce its water consumption and (c) persuade embassies to comply with water restrictions;

(3) What negotiations has the ACT Government undertaken with (a) the National Capital Authority, (b) the Royal Canberra Golf Club and (c) other relevant bodies about use of the water from Lake Burley Griffin.

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

(1) Both ACTEW and the ACT Government have undertaken, and continue to undertake, consultation with the sporting groups and business community to understand the likely implications on these sectors resulting from the introduction of Stage Four Temporary Restrictions.

(a) On 30 May 2007, the Department of Territory and Municipal Services, in conjunction with ACTEW, undertook a public meeting with sporting groups to detail a process of consultation and seek groups' input. A Venue Manager's meeting was also held on 7 June 2007. The outcomes of the consultation will be incorporated into a Territory Sports Strategy. The Strategy will be provided to ACTEW detailing a recommended list of facilities seeking an exemption. Facilities will be recommended on the basis of their capacity to achieve the best outcomes for sport and recreation in the ACT and maintain diversity of physical activity opportunity for the community.

(b) ACTEW has undertaken direct negotiations with those sectors of the business community that will be directly impacted through the move to Stage Four restrictions. Industries groups which ACTEW has consulted include:


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