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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 3003..

2011. Advice was sought from Procurement Solutions regarding the single select process. The project required specialist expert skills and specific local knowledge which the firm could provide. A quote was sought from the firm to determine their ability to meet requirements and costs.

The requirements of the Purchasing Policy Arrangements for Select Tendering were met as the timescale for undertaking was urgent and delay unacceptable.

(2) See response to Question (1) above.

The Report Writing for State of the Environment Report and redrafting of the Think water, act water strategy were required in a very short timeframe to meet specific and urgent timelines. The normal procurement process would not have facilitated the completion of these reports in the timelines required 3.

(3) See response to Question (1) above.

Under subsection 6 of Part 2 of the Government Procurement Regulation 2007, the Director General must approve the exemption. The reports were required in a very short timeframe to meet specific and urgent timelines. Seeking the exemption was a requirement of the procurement process.

The tight timeline requirement of a draft for potential release by the Minister and public comment by June 2012 required a draft for circulation by April 2012. The appointment of a consultant was seen as the most expeditious way of achieving this deadline. The consultant being considered had the advantage of being very familiar with Think water, act water through their involvement in the major technical report on "The Implications of Recycling and Reuse in the ACT"- a body of work sought to more specifically inform the Review.

The resources available to complete the task within Water Policy were involved with other priority issues. An expert consultant was able to devote all their work time and focus to this one specific task.

(4) See response to Question (1) above.

ESDD sought advice and worked closely with Procurement Solutions regarding the single select process to ensure due process was followed.

Environment—carbon sequestration projects (Question No 2323)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 3 May 2012:

Will or has the Government sought Carbon Farming Initiative funding for (a) the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate's feral pig control program and (b) any other ACT sequestration projects.

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

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) is an Australian Government scheme to help farmers and other land managers earn income from reducing emissions through changes to

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