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In conclusion, the committee appreciated the opportunity as part of a technical briefing to meet and hear from a range of officers from the ACT Parks and Conservation Service with considerable expertise across the many facets of the catchment. The committee also wishes to thank the organisations and individuals that contributed to its inquiry by making submissions, providing additional information and/or appearing before it to give evidence. The committee is grateful that it was able to draw on a broad range of expertise and experience in its deliberations.

I would also like to thank my committee colleagues—Ms Burch, Mr Hinder and Mr Coe—the former chair Brendan Smyth, other former members of the committee under whom this inquiry commenced, and the secretariat to the committee. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 32

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.14): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 32—Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 6 of 2015: Bulk Water Alliance, dated 26 July 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to speak to report No. 32 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Review of the Auditor-General's Report No. 6 of 2015: Bulk Water Alliance. The audit report presented the results of a performance audit that focused on:

... ACTEW's activities in participating in the Bulk Water Alliance for the delivery of the three major water infrastructure projects:

      •     the enlarged Cotter Dam;

      •     the Murrumbidgee to Googong Pipeline; and

      •     the Googong Dam Spillway.

In accordance with the resolution of appointment of the committee, the audit report was referred to it for examination. The committee has established procedures for its examination of these reports pursuant to the Assembly resolution. In accordance with these procedures, the committee resolved on 10 November 2015 to inquire further into this audit report. The objective of the audit was to provide:

... an independent opinion to the Legislative Assembly on the effectiveness of ACTEW's management of its Bulk Water Alliance and the delivery of its associated infrastructure projects. This includes consideration of whether the governance and administrative arrangements of the Bulk Water Alliance have been appropriate and effective in assisting ACTEW to manage its financial and performance risks in the delivery of the Bulk Water Alliance projects.

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