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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4167..


(Question No 1790)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 21 November 2007:

(1) Are all environmental assessments and planning reports on the Molonglo Valley Development Proposal publicly available; if so, would the Minister provide details on where each report can be accessed; if not, what are their titles, and why are they not available;

(2) Would the Minister provide copies of the publicly unavailable reports as outlined in part (1).

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

(1) Preliminary assessment of a draft variation to the Territory Plan (DV281) and major infrastructure associated with urban development at Molonglo and North Weston contains a list of references (p149 ff) to environmental assessment and planning reports. A note to this section advises that specified documents may be viewed or obtained from the ACT Planning and Land Authority. These are documents for which the Authority holds copyrights. Other documents listed are either already in the public domain (eg. conservation strategies) or are available only from the authors or publishers.

(2) A CD containing the documents for which the Authority holds copyrights will be made available to Dr Foskey.

Conservator for Flora and Fauna

(Question No 1791)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 22 November 2007:

(1) What expertise does the acting Conservator for Flora and Fauna have to qualify him to act in this role;

(2) Who does the Conservator consult when making decisions on issues related to natural resources and biodiversity management;

(3) Who does the Conservator report to;

(4) When will the position be filled permanently.

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

(1) The Nature Conservation Act requires the Chief Executive to appoint a public servant as the Conservator of Flora and Fauna. Hamish McNulty, Executive Director Environment and Recreation was appointed Conservator on 1 July 2006. Mr McNulty has significant experience in local government in NSW and in the ACT public service in areas such as land management. He also has a well developed knowledge of land planning and development and a good understanding of tree management issues.

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