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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . .

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Environment—west Belconnen

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment. Minister, the ACT government is working in partnership with the Riverview Group to develop land to the west of Belconnen. The land is adjacent to Ginninderra Creek, including Ginninderra Falls. Minister, what involvement have you had to ensure appropriate management of the environment at the site?

MR CORBELL: It should be noted that responsibility for assessment of environmental impact in terms of its statutory assessment is a responsibility under the Planning and Development Act and, therefore, the responsibility of the Minister for Planning. I had very close engagement in a range of environmental issues in relation to the Riverview development in my previous responsibilities as Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, where I had responsibility for the Planning and Development Act.

Largely, those matters, in terms of assessment of environmental impact, will be the statutory responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Planning. However, I continue to seek advice and receive advice from my officials, as Minister for the Environment, in relation to any issues of environmental concern in relation to the proposed Riverview development. Those are matters that I keep under close attention.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: To either the Minister for the Environment or the Minister for Planning, whichever is more appropriate, what are the setback requirements adjacent to Ginninderra Falls, and are the proposed setbacks in place in the draft plans sufficient?

MADAM SPEAKER: Could I just get a bit of advice. Are Ginninderra Falls in the ACT or in New South Wales?

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: This is question time for the Speaker. I suppose what I need to determine is: does any minister have responsibility for the setbacks at Ginninderra Falls?

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker, if I can clarify, Ginninderra Falls are in New South Wales.

MADAM SPEAKER: But does anyone in the ACT have responsibility for the setbacks?

Mr Gentleman: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lawder, do you have a supplementary question that I can rule in order?

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