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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (15 October) . . Page.. 4667..


Department of Territories and Municipal Services—strategic budget review

(Question No 304)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 27 August 2009:

In relation to the Strategic Budget Review, Department of Territory and Municipal Services dated 9 December 2008, has benchmarking with Brisbane City Council been undertaken; if not, why not; if so, what are the results of this benchmarking.

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

As agreed by the Assembly on 26 August 2009, the Government will table a report on the progress of the implementation of the Strategic Budget Review.

Environment—pollution levels

(Question No 307)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 27 August 2009:

(1) What monitoring is the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) undertaking of pollution levels on development sites.

(2) How regularly does the EPA monitor the state of development sites when a project is completed.

(3) What powers does the EPA have to enforce the cleanup of development sites.

(4) What enforcement actions has the EPA undertaken in cases where breaches have occurred.

(5) What prosecutions have been made, in the last five years, under EPA powers relating to breaches of development site conditions.

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

(1) Prior to works commencing on development sites with a surface area more than 0.3 hectares (3,000m2), the Developer must enter into an Environment Protection Agreement with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Prior to works commencing on site, the Agreement requires the Developer to obtain approval of their sediment and erosion control plan from the EPA. The Agreement sets out minimum standards the Developer should adopt to ensure the development does not cause environmental pollution and ensures that land development sites achieve a consistently high level of environmental management. The controls Developer's agree to implement include the minimisation of land disturbance, stabilised access to the site, installation of sediment fences and sediment control ponds and ensuring noisy activities only occur during business hours. The standards required are detailed in the EPA's "Environment Protection Guidelines for Construction and Land Development in the ACT, August 2007".


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