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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6104..


Government has a web site http://www.asbestos.act.gov.au which provides comprehensive advice for the Canberra community. Tenants can also call the 24 hours maintenance line if they have any questions or concerns.

(2) Housing ACT is not required to, and does not, hold a register of residential sheds that may contain asbestos; however if the shed was constructed prior to1985, the materials are managed and, where appropriate removed, under the same guidelines as described above.

Cooleman Ridge nature park (Question No 1963)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 8 December 2011 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) What was the purpose of the works undertaken in the Cooleman Ridge Nature Park in the area to the south west of the end of Kathner Street and what was the budget for the project.

(2) What environmental assessments were undertaken before the works commenced.

(3) What consultation took place prior to the commencement of the project.

(4) What steps are being put in place for ongoing monitoring of the site to ensure further erosion does not take place and to prevent weed infestation following the completion of the works.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. These works were undertaken as part of the Chapman Flood Protection Works project to address major flooding which occurred in this area after the high intensity storms in December 2006 and February 2007. The project cost was $3.05M.

2. An environmental assessment was undertaken as part of this project and a report issued in March 2010. The environmental assessment was included in the Works Approval Planning Report submitted to the National Capital Authority.

3. The project involved an exhaustive consultation process with various stakeholders, including ACT Government groups, the National Capital Authority, and residents of Chapman. The community consultation component comprised two public consultation sessions, including displays, in November 2009 to provide local residents with an opportunity to be involved in the problem identification phase and proposed design discussions. The project was extensively publicised by way of letter drops to all residents in the vicinity of the works, newspaper advertisements and media releases. The proposed flood protection design and associated report was also made available to the public via the TAMS website.

4. The contractor has the responsibility of maintaining the site during the defects liability period of 52 weeks after completion of the works. This task includes rectification of any defects, erosion, weed control and mowing. Subsequent management of the site will be undertaken by Parks and Conservation.


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