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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (3 Junes) . . Page.. 1664..


impact on adjacent sites. The resolution stipulated that the government would table the results of the analysis in the Assembly by 3 June—today.

The government has engaged the internationally recognised firm of Coffey International Limited to undertake this important review. Coffey International has expertise and extensive national and international experience in engineering and environmental management.

Further, as a major land developer in the area of the Koppers site, and to address any community concerns relating to pollution from the site while it was operational, the government has broadened the scope of this review to include additional off-site soil and groundwater analysis. This will ensure that all aspects of concerns raised regarding the site's regulation and any impacts on the surrounding area are fully addressed as per the Assembly resolution.

I am advised that the review, although underway, is not yet complete, and will not be ready for tabling today. The delays are a result of the decision to take additional soil samples in the area to complement and independently confirm the existing data sets. I consider it very worth while, in terms of the independent analysis and robustness of the data, for this work to be undertaken, and ultimately to ensure the quality and veracity of the independent analysis. I am advised that this analysis will be available by the first sitting week of August this year. Therefore, I am moving this motion to provide for this additional time to allow for these comprehensive analyses to be completed.

Motion agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.52 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

ACT Emergency Services Agency—funding

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, you have recently announced that some alarm and building development fees will be increased to supplement the government's $4 million funding announcement for the ESA to make up for commonwealth government funding shortfalls as a result of the government's participation in the commonwealth fire payments MOU. Minister, when did you sign this MOU?

MR CORBELL: The government signed the revised MOU on the terms that the commonwealth dictated in the last 12 months. I would have to get an exact date, and I will take that part of the question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you, minister. Could you confirm that the signing of the MOU took place during the previous Labor federal government?


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