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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3248..


MR BARR (continuing):

This project is the largest infrastructure project to be undertaken in the ACT since the construction of the new Parliament House. So it is for that reason that I felt it important to table both the completed EIS and the EIS assessment reports in the Legislative Assembly. In addition to this, I have also requested that the Planning and Land Authority include a copy of both documents on its website. I believe that it was in the public interest that the reports be made available for public scrutiny. This is also a demonstration of the transparency of the decision-making process associated with the project and, in fact, for all projects for which an EIS is required.

I believe it is imperative that the community has confidence in the integrity and robustness of the statutory environmental assessment process and the decision the government makes in relation to major infrastructure projects such as this Cotter Dam project. I do believe that this is an example of the successful operation of the relatively new Planning and Development Act. The assessment of this project through the rigorous EIS process outlined in the Planning and Development Act has provided an outcome that is exemplary of the checks-and-balances approach to ensure that the impacts on the environment have been minimised and that the environment has not been compromised for development. The outcome of this process is the demonstration of the government's commitment in this area.

I table this significant enlarged Cotter reservoir environmental impact statement and associated EIS assessment report, although I do note that I think they are available for members in CD form.

Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned to the next sitting.

Papers

Mr Barr presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Agents Act—Agents Amendment Regulation 2009 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2009-34 (LR, 30 June 2009).

Agents Act and Court Procedures Act—Attorney General (Fees) Amendment Determination 2009 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-99 (LR, 18 June 2009).

Agents Act; Associations Incorporation Act; Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act; Business Names Act; Civil Law (Wrongs) Act; Civil Partnerships Act; Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Act; Consumer Credit (Administration) Act; Cooperatives Act; Court Procedures Act; Dangerous Substances Act; Emergencies Act; Guardianship and Management of Property Act; Instruments Act; Land Titles Act; Liquor Act; Machinery Act; Occupational Health and Safety Act; Partnership Act; Pawnbrokers Act; Prostitution Act; Public Trustee Act; Registration of Deeds Act; Sale of Motor Vehicles Act; Scaffolding and Lifts Act; Second-hand Dealers Act; Security Industry Act; Trade Measurement (Administration) Act; Workers Compensation Act—Attorney General (Fees) Determination 2009—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-116 (without explanatory statement) (LR, 29 June 2009).


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