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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (27 September) . . Page.. 2870..


(1) When will the decision be made about the introduction of Level 4 restrictions;

(2) What is the deadline for businesses and community organisations to make submissions to ACTEW for exemptions from Level 4 restrictions.

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

(1) ACTEW is continuously monitoring the water situation to ensure the ACT is in the most appropriate stage of water restrictions. ACTEW has foreshadowed that Stage 4 Water Restrictions may be required in November 2007 if dam storage levels reach critical levels of the kind experienced during autumn 2007.

The effects from the June rainfall have significantly improved the chance of avoiding Stage 4 this year, with dam levels now at nearly 43 per cent. However, this is still about 7 percentage points lower than at the same time last year. In addition, water consumption has increased with the arrival of warmer weather.

ACTEW is currently updating its modelling on restriction requirements this spring and summer, and expects to inform the community in September.

Meanwhile, liaison continues with industry groups to consider the set of exemptions ACTEW will make available as the first Tier of Stage 4.

(2) ACTEW does not set deadlines for exemption applications. It is up to the individual customer to make their own decisions on submitting an application for exemption from aspects of a restrictions stage. In some instances ACTEW grants a general exemption - an exemption granted to all customers or a class of customers - in which case there is no need to apply. ACTEW informs the community of any general exemptions via its advertising, website and correspondence.

Although consideration and planning for a set of exemption conditions has been undertaken in collaboration with industry groups in preparation for Stage 4, ACTEW does not formally bring exemptions in place until it has declared a particular stage of restriction.

The initial consultation phase, where industry and community groups were invited to comment on the proposed exemptions, finished in June 2007. ACTEW is currently advising industry representatives on the post-consultation exemption conditions and continues to assess the feasibility of providing recycled water.

Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park

(Question No 1673)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 28 August 2007:

(1) What was the exact date, in late 2006, that your office received a telephone call from Koomarri, advising that they were intending to sell the Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park;

(2) What action did your office take in light of this information.

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


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