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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (6 April) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, are all grounds which are closed worked on during the two closure periods each year?

Ms Berry: Sorry, I just did not catch the last bit of that.

MR WALL: Minister, are all grounds which are closed worked upon during the two-week closure period each year?

MS BERRY: I will come back to the Assembly with some detail on it.

Environment—air quality

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Chief Minister. I understand that the Parkwood egg farm in west Belconnen has converted from battery cage egg production to free range and that an odour problem has developed as a result. I have been told that the Environment Protection Authority have borrowed a wind recording station from the New South Wales EPA and installed it at the Parkwood egg farm. As you know, Chief Minister, in December 2015 and in January, February and March this year many Tuggeranong residents have contacted me and the EPA about a bad smell around Tuggeranong. Minister, why is the ACT government treating the smell at west Belconnen differently to the on-going odour issues in Tuggeranong?

MR BARR: I am not sure that that is a fair characterisation of the different responses but the circumstances are undoubtedly different.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, when will the ACT government install a weather condition facility at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre to assist the EPA's investigation into the cause of the smell, and if it does not currently have plans to install one at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre, why not?

MR BARR: I will seek some advice from experts as to whether that would be of any value in the context of the investigation. If it is, I will seek their advice on whether one should be installed.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what monitoring activities is the EPA undertaking in west Belconnen, and how does that compare to the monitoring at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre?

MR BARR: I will take that question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.


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