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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 9 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 3339..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

cannot deliver some of them for other reasons, but they cannot deliver most of them because they simply cannot afford it.

Gas-fired power station

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Minister for Planning. It relates to the environmental impact statement for the proposed data centre. Now that the Minister for Planning has directed that an EIS be prepared for that development application—and recognising that under section 123 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act the minister is required, among other things, to give the proponent detailed directions specifying matters to be included in the EIS and the relative emphasis to be given to each matter—can he detail to the Assembly whether and how he has ensured that the health impact assessment incorporated into the EIS will be conducted within the framework of the World Health Organisation's social determinants of health and comply with Australian guidelines for health impact statements?

Before the close of business today could the minister please table in the Assembly the directions he has issued?

MR BARR: I have written to the proponents outlining the detailed aspects of the EIS and their order of priority. I am happy to table that document later today.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Foskey?

DR FOSKEY: How does the Minister for Planning plan to ensure that the expertise of the steering group originally set up to oversee the health impact assessment will be fully utilised in the preparation and assessment of the EIS?

MR BARR: The EIS will follow the statutory process.

Sport and recreation—swimming pools

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Minister, yesterday in question time you failed to provide details of the source of funds to pay compensation arising from your bungled capital works projects for the Tuggeranong pool. Where will you source the funds to pay the compensation, and will there be a reduction of funds that are available for sports grants?

MR BARR: Obviously we will need to quantify the level of compensation following the relevant meetings with stakeholders. Any compensation will be provided entirely consistently with the Financial Management Act.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how will the compensation that is to be provided to the swimming clubs and the pool operator that are being adversely affected by the closure of the Tuggeranong pool be determined?

MR BARR: There will be a series of meetings that my department will hold with the relevant stakeholders. Following those meetings, I expect to receive a brief from the


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