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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 2 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 767..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

the public notification period on the draft EIS in favour of an alternative outlet option further upstream, in Burra Creek, Actew adopted this option as the preferred project and this was submitted as part of the final EIS.

Actew commissioned extra environmental investigations associated with the option and undertook specific community consultations with local community organisations and potentially affected landholders. This was reflected in the final EIS.

The fourth supplementary question that I took on notice was from Mr Smyth. He asked me:

... have all relevant commonwealth, New South Wales and ACT authorities approved the environmental impact statements? If no, why, and what work remains to be done to satisfy the requirements of those relevant authorities?

The answer to that question is that Actew has been advised that the EIS report for the Minister for Planning is being prepared. The report assists the minister to determine if the EIS is complete. Once the EIS is deemed complete, Actew will be required to submit a development application for the ACT components of the project. Actew has received draft conditions of approval for comment from the New South Wales Department of Planning. This project is deemed as critical infrastructure by virtue of an order made by the New South Wales minister on 26 June 2009 under section 75C of the New South Wales Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. A range of environmental approvals and licences will be required from both New South Wales and ACT authorities for construction and operation of the pipeline. These cannot be obtained until EA or DA approval is received.

I hope that answers members' questions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body—Report on the outcomes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Estimates Hearing 2008 2009—First Report to the ACT Government, dated January 2010.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I am pleased to table the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body's inaugural report to government—a historic document and a welcome addition to how this government consults Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.


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